A child’s innate sense of adventure is a wonderful thing, unless you’re the parent fretting that it’s taken them into the local crack den. If this sounds like a foretaste of your Christmas break, the new i-Kids phone might be a wise investment.
Designed for pre-teens - although you can take it to uni if you like - the phone from mTrack uses GPS to help you pin-point your kid’s whereabouts to within 20 metres, either via your phone or the internet.
Signing up to the service will let you access a map on your mobile or online detailing your young ‘un’s location, and enable you to send a ping request for an instant update. Most impressively, you’ll also be able to set up a safety zone alert which texts you if your kid has strayed beyond a specified area.
The phone’s lack of features handily means it can’t be abused for playground gossip. There are four call buttons - three of which are presets determined by the parent - plus a fifth ‘hunt group’ key which will call all the stored numbers if your kid needs help. The kid can also use the phone to call the emergency services.
To get the service you first need to sign up to i-Kids. Once done, the pricing is £50 for the handset plus a monthly £11 subscription for a one year contract (or £5.23 for 2 years). Initially, you get 10 free location requests - subsequent paranoid demands will cost you 50p a pop.