By Erin Boyle of Family Travel Forum
Teens excited about the independence of a Spring Break vacation can roam freely with a new device designed to ease the worry of parents and guardians.
Spring Break comes around every year, and for many parents this means a week of worrying. If your kids are planning a trip away from home without adult guardians, it’s important to discuss with them the importance of traveling safely alone.
While traveling alone can help build confidence and independence in young teens, it is vital that children understand the need to take precautions. A new GPS enabled tool can add a layer of ‘protection’ around young travelers who may not heed your advice.
The SecuraPAL Guardian, a unique system that has worldwide coverage, sends signals to a parent’s cell phone to alert them of their child’s location at regular intervals.
This 2-ounce device is about the size of a matchstick car and can be carried in a pocket or secured to a belt, wrist or ankle. In case of an emergency, the young traveler can send an SOS signal to their parent’s phone at the push of a button.
The device can be connected to an unlimited number of contacts including parents and family members at home as well as friends and colleagues, basically anyone with a cell phone or email address. The system cannot be connected with emergency services, such as police and fire departments because these stations are not equipped with email and text message connections.
Families with frequent travelers may want to purchase the SecuraPAL Guardian for peace of mind. It costs $157.78 with monthly plans starting at $18.88. For short term trips, the device can be rented for a setup fee of $19.99, then a fee of $9.99 per day.
Teens and young adults can still have fun at spring break destinations, as long as they follow general safety rules. The SecuraPAL offers parents and teens extra reassurance while traveling.