The feeling a parent gets when their child gets lost or wanders off can be pure panic. AT&T has now developed two new devices to help during those terrifying situations.
The FiLIP Smartwatch and Amber Alert GPS are designed to keep children safer, and parents' minds at ease.
"You want to keep your kids safe and some parents aren't ready for their kids to have cell phones yet so this is another alternative," said Chad Cooper, assistant manager of AT&T on Emily Drive in Clarksburg.
The FiLIP Smartwatch is designed to look like a regular watch, but has many advanced features.
"You can program up to 5 numbers to it and it has a corresponding app that goes to the parent's cell phone and the parent can monitor where the child is. They can set zones so if the child goes outside of the zone they know. There is also a feature where if something would happen to your child they can press and hold the red button on the side of it and it will automatically start recording everything that's going on around them," Cooper explained.
The watch is also equipped with a GPS so both parents and law enforcement can find the child wearing it.
It can also receive short messages from the parent. For example it can tell the child it's time to come home.
The Amber Alert GPS can also help with your children's safety.
"It does have some features that the other one doesn't. It does a thing called 'bread crumbing' where even if you aren't consistently monitoring your child throughout the day and you want to look to see where it was it will give you little bread crumbs on the app to show you where your child has been," explained Cooper.
Law enforcement officials said technology like this is a step in the right direction.
"You know we are always looking for ways to keep our children safer and I think this is great technology. Most of the time when a child doesn't come home in time they aren't in any danger they may have gone with a friend or didn't go where their parents wanted them to and this will make it easier to locate them a lot quicker," said Chief John Walker, with the Bridgeport Police Department.