When my kids were growing up we had scary looking kids harnesses to keep them from wandering. I never partook in the ritual, opting instead to let my kids respond to my doggie commands like “come here” instead of a physical restraint.

Today’s parents are going to need to decide if they’re going to indulge in the raft of new digital wearables designed to constantly track the real-time whereabouts of their kids with a digital leash. And since tech is a lot cooler and less cumbersome than wearing a harness, there are some compelling reasons to consider.