PocketFinder: $149.95 ($12.95/month subscription)
If you're a parent, letting go of the reins can be scary, especially when the question all parents fear comes up, “Can I walk to school by myself?” It’s normal for a kid to want to walk to school or the bus stop with their friends and not have Mom or Dad tagging along. Luckily, you’re a parent of the digital age, and GPS locating your kid is pretty simple with devices like PocketFinder. It’s a small tracker with a gel case that can be discreetly attached to a book bag or key chain.
Inside this little tracker is a location antenna that’s always connected to the user’s PC at home. Once the device has been registered with the PocketFinder service and a monthly plan has been set up, tracking can begin. It allows parents to set up geographical zones where their child will be located. If the child leaves that area, the parent will be alerted. Users can also see up to 60 days of location history with the online program. The device is simple and easy to use, but it does require a $12.95 a month subscription plan, which puts it slightly above other devices. Getting your kid a phone might do the trick as well, but that comes with a whole new set of parental fears.