A child distance and alerting system comprising a transmitter unit to be attached to a child's clothing and a receiver unit to be carried by a parent or guardian supervising the child, for preventing the child from wandering too far and becoming vulnerable to predators. The transmitter unit includes a disc-shaped body, a pin portion extending outwardly therefrom for piercing an article of clothing, and a pin-receiving component adapted for releasably clamping the pin portion so that the transmitter unit can be attached to the child's clothing. Once the pin portion and the pin-receiving component are properly joined, the transmitter unit cannot be removed from the child's clothing except by use of a special tool. The transmitter unit is designed to transmit radio frequency signals when it is attached to the child's clothing and remains activated until the pin-receiving component is removed from the pin portion. The receiver unit receives the radio frequency signals sent by the transmitter unit and produces either an audible warning sound or a silent vibrating warning whenever the transmitter unit has traveled outside the predetermined distance from the receiver unit.