What are geofencing alerts and how they could help with your child’s outdoor safety
Kids are indeed curious! Ignoring the repercussions and implications, they want to explore all the different things of the world, and they want to do every single bit of it. However, the liability falls on the shoulders of the parents who want to make this world a safer place for their kids. By considering this, parenting has become more difficult today than in the past. You never know when this immense and dangerous internet world engulfs your kid in it. In this technology-driven world where technology has its own pros and cons, every single parent wants to keep their loved ones safe and secure, both in the digital and the real world.
So, now the question arises, how you can practically keep an eye on your kids all the time? How can you keep a tab on their whereabouts with accuracy? Well, the answer is simple: By using a parental monitoring app with advanced geofencing. Let’s explore what exactly is geofencing and what are the geofencing alerts, and how they can help you to protect your kids.
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What is Geofencing?
Basically, geofencing uses the GPS (Global Positioning System) or RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology, which creates a geographically imaginary boundary in the real world. Along with the GPS and RFID technology, it relies on the cellular data or Wi-Fi network as well to work as a tracker. You can develop a virtual boundary for your kids to restrict them in a specific geographic area. What’s more is that it triggers an action whenever a device enters or leaves that designated area.
What are the geofence alerts?
The geofence technique can trigger an action or a push notification on the phone, and the action depends on the application or software you are using. You can track your kid’s whereabouts by getting geofence alerts. For example, you have marked an area, say a bar, as the restricted area. So, the next time your kid goes there, you will automatically receive an instant notification on your device via an email.
Why do you need the geofencing alerts?
- One in five teenagers who regularly use the internet say they have received an unwanted sexual solicitation via the Web.
- In more than 95% of the cases, teens have gone willingly to meet the sexual predators.
- Around 3.2 million children are abused in the U.S. every year – losing on average between four and seven children every day to child abuse.
- If you are a working parent, you can ensure your kids’ safety using geofencing technology anytime, anywhere.
- If you suspect your kid could be involved in drinking alcohol or drugs abuse, you can set alerts on all the bars, clubs, and pubs.
How would geofencing help you as a parent?
Mark Safe Zones
Geofencing can make your parenting task easy by enabling you to mark safe zones like school and home. You can set up the imaginary boundary around the school area to track the mobile phone, tablet, or laptop of your kids. You can know where your kids are at all times and simply get instant alerts if a child leaves the designated school boundaries. While you are busy at work, you can get to know that your kid has safely reached home, or conversely, has sneaked out of the designated home perimeter.
Mark Unsafe Zones
If you don’t want your kid to visit a club or bar, a geofencing alert can notify you that your kid has entered your specified unsafe place. Kids could be naïve at times where they are lured into dangerous friendships by other imprudent kids or adults. If you suspect your kid of violating your explicit warnings not to visit a particular place, the geofence alerts will definitely let you know if your kid breaches the “no-safe zone.”
How to track your kids with the geofencing alerts?
Now the question arises, how can you track your kids with the geofence alerts? If your kid uses an iPhone, then you can track their location by using Find My Friends app. You can receive geofence-based notifications whenever they enter or leave a virtual boundary. But, first, you will need to invite your child via the Find My Friends app and have them accept your invitation request. Otherwise, you will not be able to track their location. You can also set the notification for when they enter or leave a designated virtual area. What’s more, you can only set one notification alert at a time, in case you want to get multiple notifications, you will have to customize the settings from your kid’s phone to set up recurring notifications.
But what if your kid is an Android user? Well, you could use Pumpic then.
Pumpic is a powerful parental monitoring app. By using Pumpic, you can track your kid’s location in real time with almost 100 percent accuracy. Plus, you can get a list of all the past locations your child has visited and that too with the relevant time, date and address stamps. Pumpic notifies you instantly via an email whenever your minor tries to breach the geofence designated by you. Thus, Pumpic is so far the most reliable solution to track the current and past locations visited by your child. Beyond geofencing, you can also access their calls, messages, emails, and much more.
How to set up Geofencing with Pumpic?
You can add the unlimited number of locations to geofence list. For geofencing to work on Pumpic, you have to ensure that the monitored device has a working internet connection, either Wi-Fi or data plan.
Step 1: Sign up for Pumpic
To begin the process, firstly, you will have to buy an Pumpic subscription. Pumpic offers two subscription plans so you can choose the subscription plan based on your monitoring needs. It also offers three billing options so you can opt the one that best suits you.
Basic Pumpic Version
- Monthly: $29.99/month
- Quarterly: $41.99/quarter
- Yearly: $59.99/year
Premium Pumpic Version
- Monthly: $35.99/month
- Quarterly: $59.99/quarter
- Yearly: $89.99/year
Step 2: Download Pumpic on your kid’s phone
Once you are done with the subscription, you will receive an email from Pumpic containing the download link and other details. You can download the app on to your kid’s phone.
Step 3: Log in to your Pumpic Dashboard
Once installed, Pumpic lets you access almost everything stored on your kid’s phone remotely. You can log into your account by entering your web credentials. From your account’s control panel, click on “Places” to access the past location history of your child.
Step 4: Add places to watchlist
Using your web account, go to “Settings” and then “Add Watchlist Locations.” You can add multiple locations to your watchlist to get an instant alert whenever your kid enters or leaves those places.
Along with geofencing alert feature, Pumpic can do a lot more to ensure the digital and real-life safety of your kids. Here are some other things Pumpic can do for parents:
- Enables you to know who your kids are talking to via calls and text messages
- Allows you to add specific contacts to your watchlist to get an instant alert whenever your kids contact them
- Read chats or view photos shared on the popular social media platforms like WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Kik, and others
- Get statistical reports with details including the top 5 callers, top 5 call durations, top 10 most frequently-visited websites, and a call time activity punch card
- Access emails, bookmarks, and web browsing history of your kid
- Get instant alerts on specific words used in text messages, emails, and IM chats
- Record and listen to phone calls and surroundings
- View photos, videos, and calendar entries stored on your kid’s phone
- Remotely lock their devices
- Wipe off data stored on their phones
- Block unwanted apps
- Take a live screenshot on their phone activity, or
- Monitor keystrokes
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