Apple AirTag keeps track of keys and wallets. Can he keep track of the children?
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – As Halloween approaches, many parents would love to be able to follow their kids as they make treats around the neighborhood.
For older kids, it’s pretty easy as long as they have a smartphone. Parents might want to gift their child an iPhone for that night, but for those who are still hesitant to let their child have or use a smartphone, another Apple device may be the way to go.
Apple released its AirTags earlier this year. The little button not much bigger than a quarter has a chip inside that connects to Bluetooth. This is primarily to help people locate lost keys, a wallet, or purse, but it can also be used to help locate or track someone who is carrying the AirTag.
Here’s how these AirTags work:
You pair it with your phone by simply placing it nearby. IPhone will “see” the AirTag and ask if you want to pair it.
You will have the option of giving it a name or accepting one of the default labels such as “keys”, “backpack”, “purse” and a few others.
The AirTag connects to any Apple device via Bluetooth as long as another device, such as an iPhone or iPad, has enabled “Find My” in the location settings. Most iPhone users have “Find My” turned on because they don’t want to misplace their phones.
This is similar to how Tile Trackers work by connecting to other Tile Trackers. The difference is that there are a lot more iPhones than Tile Trackers, so your chances of finding a phone or AirTag are greater.
If the AirTag your child is wearing approaches another iPhone, the other iPhone will ping your AirTag and the location will show on a map for the phone the AirTag is paired with.
I tried it on with my child who was walking down the street with the AirTag in his pocket. I could see where he was walking on a map and was able to zoom in close enough to see when he stopped at a mailbox or walked down a neighbor’s driveway.
You can also have the AirTag play a sound and get step-by-step instructions wherever it is.
AirTags cost $ 29, but you’ll probably have to buy something that contains them if you want to attach the AirTag to anything. Otherwise, you can just store it in a backpack or your kid’s pocket for Halloween night.
Despite all of its positives, AirTags do pose some security and privacy concerns. Suppose someone wants to follow you, they can hide an AirTag in your car, bike, or whatever else you are carrying with you.
Some fear that ex-spouses, stalkers and parents of children in a custody dispute will use AirTags to harass someone. Apple has added safeguards to AirTags to prevent this sort of thing. I’ll take a look at these guarantees and how to protect yourself next time.
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