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It doesn't matter if your child is heading off to kindergarten or college, it's perfectly natural for us, as parents, to worry when we send our kids off to school. From cyberbullies to guns and violence, what more can we do to keep our kids safe? Here are some of the latest gadgets and tech tools aiming to protect kids and help parents rest a little easier.

V. ALRT

There are a bunch of wearable trackers you can equip your kids with, and plenty of price ranges as well. In the $60 range, the V. ALRT lets kids send out urgent calls, texts and location information to up to three preprogrammed contacts. Parents just need an app on their smartphone to stay connected 24/7. It also detects falls, which is an added bonus if you have a daredevil child like I do. Now you can ready the ice-pack and be prepared to kiss the boo-boos right when they walk through the door.

FiLIP

With the FiLIP, an Inspector-Gadget-like watch-phone, parents can program a handful of contacts into the device, and also track and locate the wearer. You can even set up a geo-fenced "SafeZone," which is a preprogrammed area that the wearer can travel within without worry. If kids go outside of that zone, you get an instant alert on your own smartphone. This souped-up gadget comes with a hefty $200 price tag.

LG KIZON

Major smartphone manufacturers are even getting in on the kid-tracking game, and LG is one of the first. The LG KizON is a colorful, kid-friendly wristband that can be configured with up to 10 numbers and provides instant communication between parents and kids, wherever they might be, with astounding 36-hour battery life. The KizON will hit store shelves in the fall. LG hasn't announced prices yet.

GEOS

Aimed more for schools than individual kids, the GEOS School Safety Response system provides an instant link between schools and emergency responders via an SOS/Panic button on your mobile device. One touch of a button gives an exact GPS location to emergency responders and allows them to listen live to what's happening. For the next year, this is a free service for schools, so it might be worth a call to your local school district to see if they're taking advantage of the program.

ZUBIE

If you have a young driver, Zubie can come in handy, especially if you don't already own a new, fancy totally connected car. It plugs into a car's diagnostic port and shares location, speed and GPS data, as well as diagnostic data to let you know if there's any problems. This is great if your kids are driving to college. You can get the Zubie device and service for around $100.

SMARTPHONE APPS

If you're not prepared to drop cash on a separate device, or simply don't think your kid will wear it like they should, you can always rely on a smartphone app like Life360 or Glympse. Both of these apps let you track your family members wherever they might be, with instant updates on movement. bSafe is a great choice for brand new college kids who will be walking home in unfamiliar areas, and helps friends keep track of each other to avoid danger.

THE ULTIMATE SECURITY BLANKET

And for the extreme, the Bodyguard Blanket is a bullet- and tornado-resistant blanket made of ballistic fabric, with backpack-like straps that students and teachers can put on during a disaster. The blanket has passed 3A armor testing, the same testing used for police officers' bulletproof vests. $1,000 for one of these life-guarding accessories.

Hopefully these gadgets help give your kids a little space and freedom, and you, a little more peace of mind.

Jennifer Jolly is an Emmy Award-winning consumer tech contributor and host of USA TODAY's digital video show TECH NOW. E-mail her at techcomments@usatoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @JenniferJolly.

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