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Posted: 9/18/2009 6:22:06 AM EST

The satellite link that keeps watch on your children

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 10:44 AM on 18th September 2009

Its vivid colour is clearly designed to appeal to youngsters. But this watch is really aimed at their parents.

For its key selling point is a satellite positioning system that locates the wearer to within ten feet.

The makers claim the GPS tracking device will offer anxious parents peace of mind and allow children the independence to go out to play on their own.

But critics have said the 'tagging' is a step too far in the climate of paranoia over child safety.

Parents will be able to see their child's location on Google maps by texting 'wru' to a special number, or clicking 'where r you' on the secure website linked to the device. The street address and postcode will be displayed.

Safe zones can also be set up in which children can play. An alert will be sent to the parents if the child strays out of that area.

Steve Salmon, of makers Lok8u, said: 'Losing your child, if only for a brief moment, leads to a state of panic and makes parents feel powerless. The overriding aim of num8 is to give children their freedom and parents peace of mind.'

But Dr Michele Elliott, director of children's charity Kidscape, said: 'Is the world really that unsafe that parents need to track their children electronically? I don't think so.'

The num8 watch, pictured above, costs £149.99 and can be securely fastened to a child's wrist, triggering an alert if forcibly removed.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 6:27:08 AM EST
I don't know why I bother to read both DrudgeReport and GD.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 6:29:55 AM EST
Yup. Lets make them bright neon green so bad guys know to immediately take it off and dump it
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 6:34:21 AM EST
It looks kinda like an ordinary cheap quartz watch that you would find in the bottom of a cereal box... too bad every predator with Internet access now knows it's a GPS tracking device.

The only real way to do it is with an implant––preferably in the forehead or the right hand. Then send the access codes to flag@whit...
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 6:58:26 AM EST
Interesting concept.
Link Posted: 9/18/2009 7:27:57 AM EST

Originally Posted By TexasLoneGunman:
Interesting concept.

They have had these available for years. I've seen them used mainly on children such as mine with mental disability's and a tendancy to wander. The ones I've seen are not neon in color but are fairly large. Most often worn around the ankle instead of wrists. I looked into them around 2004 but my son would probably chew his arm off to get the thing off .
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