Guide to Summer Travel: Staying Connected with Traveling Teens

For many students, the countdown to summer is on. As teens’ anticipation of freedom and unsupervised travel intensifies, so does the hesitation and concern of parents. However, the latest technology provides some ways to combat that hesitation and help make summer travel for teens more enjoyable for everyone involved, parents included.

Consider establishing regular face-to-face check-in times with your teen, no matter how far apart you are. There are multiple services that are free or already included with your mobile device or plan, such as Skype or FaceTime. Sometimes visual check-ins are just what it takes to maintain peace of mind.

If you can’t see your teen but still want to be able to connect live, consider Verizon Wireless’ MORE Everything plan. MORE Everything lets you stay connected with your family members whether they’re traveling across the United States or internationally. You can get a data plan that fits your family’s wireless needs, all on the nation’s largest 4G LTE network with the options of unlimited international messaging, international long distance calling, an increased cloud storage allowance, and the ability to manage family members’ wireless experiences with FamilyBase.

If you’re the kind of parent who won’t rest easy unless you know your child’s whereabouts, Verizon Wireless’ Family Locator can help put your mind at ease. For a low monthly fee, this feature allows you to locate your family members at any time on a detailed map and even provides turn-by-turn directions on how to get to their locations. You can also be alerted by text or email when your teenager arrives or leaves a location to ensure you always know they’re safe.

Other solutions to help you locate your teen include Securus eZoom, a GPS device that is small enough to be placed in a backpack or mounted on a car. The device then connects to your PC or smartphone and will alert you if your teen leaves certain areas and can even track the speed of the car on which the device is located. You can also use the Life360 app to track your teenager’s current whereabouts on a map, and then use the group messaging feature to communicate with all family members to stay up-to-date on your child’s trip. 

What technology and tips work best for you when your kids are embarking on summer adventures? Share your thoughts with us on Twitter at @VZWnews and @VZWSheldon