GPS Tracking for your Child? Good Idea or Over-Parenting?

A GPS (Global Positioning System) device is one that uses satellites to track, in real time, the position of any object, vehicle, person or animal. Today, parents are using GPS devices to keep track of their children and their whereabouts at any given time.

There are obviously two sides to this coin – while parents think that this is a valid way to keep track of their child’s whereabouts, in the interests of the child himself or herself, children themselves may think of it as prying or spying.

On the one hand it is true that parental worries can be diminished by use of the GPS tracking system – particularly for young children, who may not be able to call up parents since they don’t know how to yet.

A child who rambles off when playing, a child who is misled by a mischievous element while at the park, or a child who gets lost in a crowded location such as a mall, a sports game, an amusement park or a carnival; a GPS system is a valid and invaluable tool to prevent almost certain damage in these scenarios.

This device can allay the fears of the parent who has Apprehension of their child being kidnApped or abducted.

It can be implanted in the child or be worn on the body built into shoes and so on and can send out a signal or message to the parent when the child oversteps a present boundary or limit.

However an older child may validly make an argument that this is a form of parental spying and control; that it is a curtailment of a child’s freedom and privacy.

If the device is inserted onto the person of the child or their vehicle without the child’s knowledge then the element of stealth is even more pronounced.


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