Insignia Little Buddy Child Tracker Keeps Tabs On Your Offspring

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Oh, wow. What in the world is this? Insignia's Little Buddy ChildTracker, which absolutely has the worst product name we've ever seen,it a GPS tracker that's designed specifically to track kids and helpparents keep their worrying in check. Of course, there are plenty ofbenefits to having this, but it's the approach here that bothers us.

Marketed under Best Buy's in-house label, the tiny GPS-enabled stickhas an integrated battery in it and continually tracks location as itmoves. The idea here is for parents to shove this into backpacks,notebooks or lunch containers in order to keep tabs on their child'slocation. Granted, it'd be far more effective if put directly within apocket or jacket (considering that some of those other devices don'talways 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 childleaves that area, you'll receive a text message warning telling youthat the perimeter has been breached. Real-time alerts will also be setout to keep you looped in on battery life. The device can be orderednow for $99.99, though it's currently not expected to ship between 1and 2 weeks. The real question, however, is whether or not you're braveenough to sneak this onto your child--while you may "just be trying toprotect them," you may end up hurting their trust if they discover it.

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ClemSnide replied on Fri, Oct 23 2009 6:07 PM

It also allows the Skipper to keep track of Gilligan.

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3vi1 replied on Fri, Oct 23 2009 9:20 PM

lol... glad I'm not the only one who was thinking that.

Now, how many people believe that instead of kids, this will mostly be used by suspicious wives/husbands to track the movements of their spouse?

I wonder what the fee is on the service?  Might be a good idea to put one in your own car - just in case it's stolen.

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realneil replied on Sat, Oct 24 2009 12:23 PM

I'm glad that all of my 7 kids are old enough to go where they want to without my interference.

I'll never stop worrying about them, but I keep it to myself.

Hiding it in a car is a good idea if you could power it off of the car's power system.

If you feel like you have to track your spouses movements, then you should see a Marriage Counselor or Divorce Lawyer.

Dogs are great judges of character, and if your dog doesn't like somebody being around, you shouldn't trust them.

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ClemSnide replied on Mon, Oct 26 2009 5:36 PM

Another good use: Attach it to your cats' collars. Then, when you hear a crash from the next room, you can look at the monitor and it'll tell you: Blizzard is on the sofa, Iggy is on your lap-- it must be Camper!

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