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GPS, Bluetooth technology could help parents keep track of children

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Bluetooth and GPS technology revolutionize the way people interact and travel, but now that technology can be used to track family members.

It sounds like something out of a George Orwell novel, but experts at CSC Radios in Greenville say GPS trackers are being used to track the whereabouts of teens out past curfew, and track their speeds. They can also be used to know where seniors with dementia are located at a moment's notice.

"It gives them peace of mind," said Jodie Winchester, tech consultant at Communication Service Center.

She tested out a new product, called the My Buddy Tag, which allows parents to receive an alert on their phone when their child gets 80 to 120 feet away. In buildings with lots of walls, the alert goes off after a child wanders 40 feet away. My Buddy Tag features bluetooth technology, not GPS capabilities.

Winchester said in the event of an emergency, devices enabled with GPS would be better suited to locating a loved one farther away.

Penny Myers had to use this GPS technology to locate her 81-year-old uncle with dementia, who decided one night to go to a different church than normal. It was a scary situation, but the technology allowed Myers to have peace of mind.

"I was able to pull up the GPS and found that he was at his brother's church which he decided he'd go to but failed to let anybody know he was going," she said.

Cindy Vaughn placed a GPS tracker in her son's car as he was learning to drive. The technology can monitor speeds and notify parents when teen drivers are not being safe. It wasn't that she didn't trust her son, she just wanted him to be safe, and she says he was more careful because he knew the technology was in his car.

"He knew that it would alert us should he go over the speed limit," said Vaughn.

For more information about GPS-enabled devices sold at CSC, visit their website here.

For more information about the bluetooth-enabled child tracker My Buddy Tag, visit the website here.

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