Finding a teenager without a smartphone glued to their fingers is a rare sight. According to a recent Pew Research Center study, nearly 75% of teens have or have access to a smartphone.
Depending on which side of the “kids and mobile device” fence you’re on, this is either an alarming or welcome development.
While we recognize the many dangers children are exposed to by being “always on” – cyberbullying, inappropriate content, identity theft, addiction, predators – the smartphone has many uses, too, one of which is geofencing.
Geofencing isn’t necessarily a well-known term, but the technology has been in use for some time by both businesses and families.
According to TechTarget, geofencing is “a feature in a software program that uses GPS (global positioning system) or RFID (radio frequency identification) to define geographical boundaries.”
Webopedia defines it as a “virtual perimeter or barrier around a physical geographical area.”
Apps or programs that use geofencing send out alerts notifying the user/administrator that a device has entered or exited a geofenced area and make it possible to deliver location-based service of a various kind.
Below are some geofencing use cases:
- Marketing. When customers enter a geofenced area, usually a shopping mall, retailers push text or email messages about deals of the day to their customers’ mobile phones, or a map to the exact location of one of their stores.
- Fleet tracking and management. Aside from determining where your trucks, cargoes, and drivers are in real time, geofencing lets you know if your trucks or vehicles are entering an area they’re not supposed to be in during work hours, e.g., a pub.
- Law enforcement. Geofencing alerts police when someone on house arrest leaves the site.
- Human resource management. Geofencing prevents unauthorized employee entry or access to certain areas of a facility, such as data center areas.
- Asset management. Geofencing lets you know when an employee with a company-issued device, such as a mobile phone or tablet containing sensitive information, leaves the premises. This allows you to disable the device, for example.
- Parental control. Geofencing enables parents to build virtual barriers (geo fences) around a location, such as your house or school, so that when your kids enter and leave the area, you automatically receive notifications.
What is geofencing for parents like you?
Tracking kids via GPS is a hot topic among parents. One group contends that doing so proves you don’t trust your children enough. The other group simply craves the assurance that their kids are where they claim to be or that they reach their destinations without a hitch.
At the end of the day, it’s all about what you deem necessary for your child’s welfare.
If you insist on using child location tracking technology to keep tabs on your kids’ whereabouts in real time, the kid locator application market offers various options with features that include:
- car overspeeding alerts
- location tracking and geofencing
- SOS buttons your child can use when they need immediate assistance, such as in a medical emergency
- notification when your child ventures within 500 feet of a registered sex offender’s home
Aside from the ability to monitor what websites and social networks your kids visit online via their computer or laptop, Familoop Safeguard can be installed on their mobile devices so you can set up geofence alerts and instantly know when the school bus successfully drops your child off to school, when your kids leave school, arrive home, or enter dangerous neighborhoods.
While we can all agree that there’s no substitute to good parenting when it comes to equipping children with the knowledge to navigate both the real and virtual world, technology can play a role in keeping your children safe.
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