Oh, wow. What in the world is this? Insignia
's Little Buddy Child
Tracker, which absolutely has the worst product name we've ever seen,
it a GPS tracker that's designed specifically to track kids and help
parents keep their worrying in check. Of course, there are plenty of
benefits to having this, but it's the approach here that bothers us.
Marketed under Best Buy's in-house label, the tiny GPS
has an integrated battery in it and continually tracks location as it
moves. The idea here is for parents to shove this into backpacks,
notebooks or lunch containers in order to keep tabs on their child's
location. Granted, it'd be far more effective if put directly within a
pocket or jacket (considering that some of those other devices don't
always follow a child, particularly if they are kidnapped), but hey,
it's the fear factor doing the real work here.
The device can be setup with a customized barrier, and if your child
leaves that area, you'll receive a text message warning telling you
that the perimeter has been breached. Real-time alerts will also be set
out to keep you looped in on battery life. The device can be ordered
now for $99.99, though it's currently not expected to ship between 1
and 2 weeks. The real question, however, is whether or not you're brave
enough to sneak this onto your child--while you may "just be trying to
protect them," you may end up hurting their trust if they discover it.