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Parents, I get it. You’ll do just about anything to protect your kids. And now there are solutions out there.

The obvious choice to track your kid’s location is a GPS device. The Amber Alert device, for example, uses GPS and wireless cell phone technology to keep track of where they are. Of course, that works  when it’s within range of a strong signal—it tends to be best in suburban areas but can be tricky in cities.

If you want to take it to the next level then look into SecuraFone for iPhones and Androids. This device not only monitors locations, but also their driving habits.

It senses the vehicle is traveling past a certain speed, it locks text messaging and email applications to prevent distracted driving.

Then there’s the  less intrusive option of Google Latitude, which lets users share locations through Google maps in real-time

For about 10 cents a day there’s something called Mobile Minder for Blackberrys and Android, which sends an alert when your child arrives or leaves a location.

OK, so they may not love it, but for your peace of mind, I say it’s worth it.

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