Leawood fathers create safety wristbands for kids that track location

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LEAWOOD, Kan. — Three fathers from Leawood have banded together to create Kidsport — GPS tracking wristbands for kids.

The fathers came up with the idea two years ago during a family vacation they took as a group. While in Florida, one of their daughters went missing for 2 1/2 hours on the beach. The resort where they were staying required children to wear wristbands and one of the fathers said, “Too bad there isn’t a tracking device on that wristband.” And the idea was formed.

With the wristbands, parents could immediately check their smartphone or iPad to see their child’s location — if the unthinkable were to happen.

For more information, visit their website: kidsportgps.com and watch the video below.

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  • Carol Price

    It is a terrific idea and one that many parents would be grateful to have! There are going to be naysayers but it truly would be a way for parents to feel their child is a little safer. It is not a device for rebellious kids to track their every move. This is a safety device and a darn good one.

  • Jill

    I do have a concern about this, if I could track my child, who else could be tracking them?
    It is a great idea, but what if a parent has a restraining order out to protect their child…It’s so easy for hackers to get all your information (such as what happened with Target) I think this would be an easy if not easier way for some crazy person to track my child as well.
    Just a thought…
    Also you had a self defense instructor on your show the other day, talking about giving classes on self defense. Could I please get his information so I can inquire on taking classes?
    Thank you

    • Taylin

      I’m sure they’ve already thought of that. There is probably some type of code that somehow ONLY connects to you. Maybe it can only connect to one device or maybe out connects to their email. Either way, I’m assure they’ve thought of these things already!

  • Chris

    I am happy to see that there is something like this being developed. I have often thought of such a GPS device for loved ones. My hope is that eventually the device can be made so small and inconspicuous that the child and kidnapper don’t know that it is there. I would just be worried that a kidnapper could easily identify the bracelet and remove it from the child’s wrist by using a measurable amount of force. Great work, kudos to the creators!

  • lindsey

    I think this is a great idea and something i would consider getting for my daughter. My only thing is, as far as looks i don’t think this is something my daughter would be willing to wear everyday. I also feel as though they should be made without the brand name on them..maybe just put different designs, cartoon characters, rhinestones, etc. so all kids will want to wear them all the time and because of these go big and word spreads they wouldn’t be easily identified so if something were to happen the bracelet wouldn’t just get taken off and tossed..just a thought..