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Teaching children they shouldn't wander off is always good. There's no harm in having a backup plan though.
We understand the constant worry, especially when dealing with autism and ADHD.
Setting up the LightBug as a child GPS tracking device is easy:
You can place it inside a bag pocket too, but you'll need to recharge it every month (solar panels don't work too well in the dark).
We'll notify you if the battery is low so you don't need to worry about it.
Tell the LightBug where it should be and receive notifications if your child goes out of bounds.
You can choose for the alerts to be ignored when you are nearby.
From the app or website you can see the last known location and request an update.
Next time the LightBug wakes up it will send its current position (more on this below). It will keep you updated until you cancel the emergency mode.
LightBug also has an SOS button which your child can press to alert you instantly with their location.
It really is that easy. Once set up there's nothing else to do. Not even charge it (as long as there is some light).
LightBug comes with a number of inclusive location credits which should be enough for most people. If you requests locations regularly though, you might need to buy more. We think this is a fair way of covering our server costs without charging you for something you only use occasionally.
In order to achieve infinite battery life, the LightBug goes to sleep periodically. By default, it wakes up more or less often based on the charge it's getting from the solar panels. In cases where it's being kept in a bag pocket, this might mean hours before it next wakes up, which obviously isn't useful.
You can configure the LightBug to turn on more or less often based on the time of day and location (i.e. when not at home). All the settings are there, you will just need to spend a little extra time matching LightBug's configuration to your lifestyle.
For times when you know you're about to walk into a crowded place, you can press LightBug's button. This tells it to hold off going to sleep for the next hour (this time is also configurable).
To save battery life you can tell LightBug only to turn on when you are not nearby. By using Bluetooth to know if your phone is nearby, LightBug can switch off when it's not needed.