Tech giant LG has revealed a wearable device for children, which allows parents to track them in real time using a tablet or a smartphone.
Huge market for wearables
The Kizon pinpoints a child’s location using a GPS, Wi-Fi, and a mobile broadband connection. It then reports back to the parent over an Android app.
LG said in a statement that it aims to target the tracking device at families with pre-school and primary school children.
The device straps to the child’s wrist like a bulky watch, which only features one button on its front. When pressed, it instantly calls a pre-set number allowing a child to contact its parents.
The idea is somewhat brilliant for some parents, but many others have raised concerns about its security.
"A parent should never solely rely on a device alone. This will only give a false sense of security," said Peter Bradley, director of services at the charity Kidscape.
"Children still need to be taught about dangers - particularly 'stranger danger'."