No parent wants to even imagine that they could lose track of their kids, but it can happen in the blink of an eye. Luckily technology has come a long way when it comes to wearable tracking devices for kids and now a new company, Jiobit has released one that is far superior to anything else available.

Jiobit was co-founded by CEO John Renaldi, a dad who searched the market for a tracking device after he lost his six-year-old son at the playground. Renaldi explained that he was enjoying a family outing with his wife and kids and, “Before I knew it – I can’t tell you how I got distracted – but in a sea of other children, I lost track of my son for 30 minutes.” Luckily they found him, as his son hadn’t wandered off and was only playing in an unseen spot, unaware that his parents thought he was lost.

Renaldi was disappointed in the tracking devices that were available and discovered that the majority were easily hackable, leaving private data on kids readily accessible, not exactly ideal when you’re trying to protect your little one’s safety. So he decided to create one himself and the Jiobit was born.

Unlike some of the bulky, wristwatch-style devices that already exist, the Jiobot is a small lightweight tag that can easily be laced onto a shoe, tucked into a pocket or clipped onto an item of clothing. The tracking ability can be accessed through an app on your smartphone, which can also be used to set up notifications when certain activities occur, like your kids leaving school or arriving at an after-school program.

The device is now available starting at $99 with an annual contract at $9.99 per month. You can also purchase it under no contract for $149, with a $7.99 monthly fee, and cancel your service anytime.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: Jiobit


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