Nowadays, virtually all smartphones come equipped with GPS sensors. The possibility to track someone's cell phone opens up huge new opportunities both for service providers and for consumers. For example, advertisers can demonstrate you relevant announcements and promotions based on your current location. In turn, smartphone and tablet users can navigate while driving or walking. Also, when you're able to see your position on a map in real time, you can spot and assess stores, restaurants or other points of interest located nearby. People, who are into sports, are enabled to track, analyze, and store their workout data.
Moreover, today there are plenty of social networks built around mobile devices' location tracking capabilities. FourSquare, Glympse, Yik Yak, MeetMe and others are very popular among kids and teenagers. Even the fact that they may reveal user's current position to many complete strangers doesn't stop people from actively exploiting these apps.
Another trend to utilize smartphones' GPS features is to locate family members in real time. For parents, who strive to protect their kids from stranger danger, abduction, and other perils, this is a real catch.
parents worry about the possibility of their children being kidnapped. Abduction is amongst top-3 fears of the American parents.
children are kidnapped in the U.S. each year by strangers. Only about half of those children are returned to their parents.
parents track their kids’ location with the help of monitoring tool installed on their smartphones, the study by Pew Research Center revealed.
For parents, knowing where their kid is and that he or she is OK is simply priceless. Tracking child's mobile device is arguably the best way to figure out his or her location. The thing is modern-day teens are almost inseparable with their gadgets and have them around 24/7. Therefore, having located the phone or tablet, you will with 99,9% probability locate the kid as well. Also, this is the easiest way to find lost or stolen gadget.
However, as the statistics show, surprisingly few parents take advantage of using parental tracking software. Maybe it's because the dispute over ethic and privacy aspects of tracking children is still a hot topic. On the other hand, this debate is not in the way for 53% of parents who use some sort of parental controls to monitor and even manage the Internet use by their children. Anyway, for caring parents, it would be at least useful to know how they can make the most out of cell phone tracking.