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would you track your child?

Yesterday I was walking around Downtown Washington, DC. It is getting closer and closer to full tourist season. Although, in fairness to those that do come, DC is much nicer in March (after the Cherry Festival) and April than it in late May. Once the thermometer starts to rise, DC can become very uncomfortable quickly. Anyway what I noticed but I didn’t take a picture of, was that all the school groups had color matching shirts. I was thinking about that for a second, and I realized in the modern world where fear of losing a kid is huge, having all the kids wearing bright orange shirts lets you quickly count the kids and make sure you have the right number. Human’s do the eye dart of predators, having a color we are seeking makes that easier.

The other option that I saw as I came around the national mall, however, was even cooler. I saw a teacher with an iPad watching the group of kids. The kids were all eating lunch; the teacher had a screen on her iPad that I had never seen before.  It was a tracking application that showed all the kids on the screen. We chatted or a couple of minutes. The other parents were around the edges of the group as they ate lunch. I did tell her if she needed to break away and stop talking, I wouldn’t be offended. Mostly I was curious how they were tracking, and did the tacking work indoors. I could hear Alex Ledante’s voice in my head also, but I didn’t ask the Alex question (this feels little big brothers)!

They are using a Bluetooth tracking device, and as long as the device doesn’t stray more than 300 feet away from the iPad, the kids are noted. Indoors or outdoors, the system worked pretty well.

From a let’s keep students safe perspective this feels like a good thing. The other side of this, however, if you do this with your children or coworkers. If it is for your children, I don’t think it is an issue. If you are tracking your co-workers for their safety, that is also ok at least IMHO, that said, the person being tracked has to know up front that they are being tracked.

Oh to live in interesting times…

  • Let me ask the question that I suspect Alex will dive into – would you track your child?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Knowing that these trackers don’t require a cell phone would you let your child be tracked?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you know knowing where the kids are would make school trips safer?

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

19 points

Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.


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  1. Q: Let me ask the question that I suspect Alex will dive into – would you track your child?
    Yes (10 votes) – 71%
    No (4 votes) – 29%
    Q: Knowing that these trackers don’t require a cell phone would you let your child be tracked?
    Yes (6 votes) – 60%
    No (4 votes) – 40%
    Q: Do you know knowing where the kids are would make school trips safer?
    Yes (13 votes) – 93%
    No (1 votes) – 7%

    • As Carol said in the comment above given the choice. I tend to agree with that. BUt there are legal reasons why you aren’t given a choice (House Arrest). So i agree with you, and I am struggling with this!

  2. In this fast-paced world where I live full of surprises, I suppose my daughters will agree to use this as an option. They’re so worried about my grandchildren that I’m sorry. When my little children were playing all day in the yard. From time to time I watched them through the balcony. But nowadays, young parents have to trust modern technology.

  3. Let me lead by saying that since I don’t have children, I don’t think I am eligible to have an opinion on this. But if the trackers are removable, it seems like a good idea

    Forcing your employees to get implants? Completely unconstitutional

  4. The circumstances today are completely different than they were in our childhood years. I sometimes did not see my son all day, but I did not even worry about where he was, whether something happened to him … today it would be different, I probably would have followed

  5. With all the crazies out there today and the world strange as it is yes, I certainly would track my kids. It would already be a relief that I could get in touch with them by cell phone. In my growing up days the 1960s and 1970s I would not say the world was completely safe but it just felt a whole lot more normal.

  6. Yeah , there a technology working with GPS and Google which can track you easily by your image and it directly work with satellite. This technology is also used in drone and in combat operations, This technology is not for commercial use but some spy or intelligence people have access officially.

  7. It is not so dangerous for us at the moment that the child should follow every step … I was never missed by anyone, but I was not home all day … I went to school this morning and returned home tonight

  8. ☀️ I am speechless. Not because there is anything wrong or right about this, but because we truly have come to a place where everyone may have to consider something like this. I couldn’t even take the poll yet because all I could think of was a helpless child and a parent who turned their head for a moment.

    I grew up when your neighbors, told your parents the minute you walked out the front door if they thought it was odd.

    I must ponder this and return. Thank you for making me think – hard.

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