Siya, an 18-year-old from her coaching classes was on her way home when a monsoon storm hit. The roads were blocked and flooded so she can’t go to her bus stop, and her cell phone’s battery was drained, so she had no way to call her parents, who were waiting for her to arrive home.
Due to the numerous news reports about the storm and frantic about their daughter’s whereabouts, Siya’s parents decided to go on to check the GPS tracking system which they knew she was carrying, and they found that she was still at the coaching class premises.
Evolving technologies have helped parents keep track of their children these days – from cell phones, to video calls and GPS devices – which make it easier for them to keep tabs on their kids. Yet, many parents feel that this type of tracking is treading the line between being protective and invading their children’s privacy.
Some even think that this is equivalent to spying.
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Tracking devices are used to keep children’s safety in mind, especially considering that many incidents occur — like with Siya, when natural occurrences prevent them from getting home safely. These devices help parents ease their worries, but kids often hate it when they feel like their parents are spying on them – so a there should be proper discussion to help them understand the boundaries of the device — how the it is going to be used, and when it’s going to be used.
Technology devised 3G GPS trackers for children to make sure that the communication lines between parents and their kids are open. After all, these days, they are always out and about – venturing on their own, doing sports, going out with friends, and even partying.
During the time they are away, parents tend to worry – especially if their kids aren’t home at a specific time. For these scenarios, GPS trackers are helpful in maintaining communication between parents and children, or at least, ease the parents knowing that their children are safe.
With that in mind, it is acceptable to use GPS tracking systems – especially if you’re a parent whose main concern is the life of your child.