Tracking a Child's Location

For parents worried about the safety of their youngsters, there's new technology hitting the stores this weekend. Something as small as a USB flash drive can now track your child using GPS and cellular technology.

It's called Insignia Little Buddy Child Tracker and goes on sale at Best Buy stores on Sunday, November 1. You can put it in a pants pocket or backpack and location updates are sent to your cellphone via text message or to your computer.

"I could if a kid is walking home from school alone like in that case in Florida where that kid wandered off by themselves and got kidnapped, I could see the benefit in that," says Amy Proulx who was trick-or-treating with her nephew at the College of St. Mary Thursday night.

"Let's say your child is at soccer practice," says Ira George of Best Buy, "And he goes a different way that's not designated for him to go. You'll get that update to say he's out of his parameter and that you can get that text or on your PC - and go to that location to make sure they're OK."

Youngsters may not mind but older children, even teens might take offense to tracking their every move.

"I think some kids could get rid of it and maybe be a trust issue. But I think it's a good idea," says Ann Proulx.

"I think it's one of those things that as technology evolves and it becomes available, I'd rather keep them safe," says Amanda Karr.

The Little Buddy sells for $99 and there's a $15 monthly fee for the monitoring.

There are similar devices on the market right now that cost more and are a little larger. We saw one on line that Radio Shack, Target and Petsmart sell called Zoombak.

It's technology that car security systems have been using for a few years.


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