Child Guard Remote Monitoring

This entry was posted by Rob on Thursday, 26 April, 2007 at

Did you ever notice how even the most well intentioned things often turn out to be a really bad idea? The following is a story about a rather common, and somewhat embarrassing child restraining device, and an ingenious new twist on the old standby.


“I cannot believe you are going to put that THING on our child.”

Amy leered at Craig.

He responded sheepishly, “But you know how Ryan likes to take off, honey. This bungee leash is the only way we’ll be sure he doesn’t get away from us!”

“We’re going to a kiddie park,” barked Amy, “not the Westminster Kennel Club!”

The doorbell rang. Craig skulked over to open the door for Amy’s best friend, Sarah, and her 4 year old daughter, Ashley.

After one look at Ryan, Ashley tugged on her mom’s trouser leg and asked, “Is Ryan gonna play doggie?”

“Craig, didn’t I tell you that thing was a bad idea?” Sarah reached into her purse and produced a tiny plastic panda. “Here, I got an extra one of these, and it looks like you can use it.”

Sarah told her friends that she worried about Ashley, too, but that she didn’t want her to miss out on having fun in crowded places. She explained how the Child Guard alerts parents by beeping if a child strays more than a few feet away.

“Mommy says I need to hold on to my kitty,” interrupted Ashley, showing off her cat-shaped Child Guard, on a ribbon around her neck.

“They’re shaped like little pets, so the kids don’t mind it when they’re clipped to their clothes,” said Sarah.

Craig studied the panda and wondered aloud, “but what happens when we’re all using our Child Guards at the same time? How do we know what our kid’s doing?”

“That’s what’s great about the system,” said Sarah, “it scouts around for a clear frequency, so it doesn’t interfere with anyone else’s system. So, are we going to the park, or what?”

Later that afternoon, Ryan and Ashley played on a swing set while a trio of parents relaxed on a park bench. Ryan’s panda and Ashley’s kitty dangled from their necks in unison.

Ryan glanced up at the clouds, and heard the familiar sound of an ice cream truck pulling into the park. A split second later, the Child Guard receiver he had attached to his key ring started to beep.

“Like father, like son,” deadpanned Amy.

Craig rushed off to scoop up Ryan on his dash for the sweets. As they saw another young child straining against a nylon harness, Craig reminded himself to thank Sarah for helping them enjoy the afternoon without that kind of embarrassment.


To keep your child in range without resorting to a leash, visit

Worn by the child, the cartoon animal-shaped transmitter sends a constant signal to the receiver, which is held by the adult. The signal is adjustable – from a distance of 6 to 30 feet, so when the child goes beyond the set distance, the adult’s receiver starts to beep, letting them know that the child is starting to wander off.

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your personal well-being?

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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