What Is Geofencing? Everything a Parent Needs To Know

Parenting has gotten a lot more stressful as time progresses. Back when we were kids, our parents didn’t really mind if we wandered around outside or went across town with some friends. The world seemed to be a safer place back then. These days, it’s difficult to let your child out of your sight without worrying about what might happen to them.

Fortunately, advancements in technology have made it easier to lessen that fear through the use of GPS and, more specifically, geofencing. If you are unsure as to what that is, then you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we will go over everything a parent needs to know about what geofencing is and how to use it.

What Is Geofencing?

First, we’ll start with defining the term for you. Geofencing is a location-based software that uses GPS, Wi-Fi signals, cellular data, and RFID waves to determine how close or far away you are from something. Once you hit a certain distance from that object, an alarm gets set off. Depending on who is using the software, the alert can do one of several things, which we will discuss below.

How It Typically Gets Used

Companies most commonly use this service for marketing purposes. For example, imagine you are walking past a store that you normally like to shop at and have an app for. Once you are within a specific range of it, the geofencing technology triggers and sends a notification through the store’s app to your phone, letting you know that they have a deal going on today. There are some other ways to use it for marketing, but that’s example best illustrates its use.

How We Use It for Your Children

So how does this apply to your children? Our 4G kids GPS watches use the same technology described above to keep better track of where your kids are. Watching their location constantly isn’t practical; setting up a radius around your house or wherever your child will be for the day, however, is reasonable. With this system in place, your phone will notify you instantly if your child leaves that radius.

Obviously, anytime your child breaks the radius, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re up to no good, so we encourage you not to stress if this happens. Now that you are aware of everything a parent needs to know about what geofencing is, you can more easily keep track of your child without asking them where they are all the time, which is nothing but a nuisance for you and them.