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  • It would be warranted in some cases

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    Re: Should parents use a GPS tracking device to monitor their children?

    Should parents use GPS tracking to monitor their children?
    Most cell phones already have them.
    In the case of, say, a runaway teenager, the cell phone company can trace them down as long as their phone doesn't die.
    I wouldn't say it's "practical" on a day-to-day basis, but in an emergency or potentially dangerous situation, yes; certainly.
    Although it would probably be very reassuring to anxiety-raddled parents like myself to keep track of our children's every move, every second... it would not be good for the children. And in the end, it would probably just cause more friction and discontent within families.
    Kids and especially teens need a long leash.
    If a parent's worth a damn, kids will find their way home eventually, however far they might range.
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    Re: Should parents use a GPS tracking device to monitor their children?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    If you actually use that service? Yes.
    That "service" is a well known search engine and you can type in any cell phone number and track it. Welcome to the 21st century.

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    Re: Should parents use a GPS tracking device to monitor their children?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Loin View Post
    That "service" is a well known search engine and you can type in any cell phone number and track it. Welcome to the 21st century.
    I typed my cell phone number into Google and Yahoo, and didn't find my current location anywhere. What search engine are you talking about?
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    Re: Should parents use a GPS tracking device to monitor their children?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    I typed my cell phone number into Google and Yahoo, and didn't find my current location anywhere. What search engine are you talking about?
    Ah perhaps the litigation around this matter was resolved since I last checked into it. My bad! In any case I'd hate to be the cause of such "evil" behavior on your behalf!

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    Re: Should parents use a GPS tracking device to monitor their children?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    The thing I'd be worried about is acclimation. Basically, if we aggregate the use of this device to too large a level you have kids running around whom have always been monitored. Their parents tracked them when they were kids, the authority is presumed right and with rightful power to watch your every move to "protect" you and to ensure you're behaving as to their rules. If the government wants to do it, why not? What's really the difference between parents and the government, the government is merely a higher form of authority. If it was ok for your parents to track you, you've been monitored all your life; why would you really object to the government doing it?

    While it takes some time to get from A to B, I would worry about the real world affects of teaching kids that they should expect to be monitored at all times by the authority.
    The government cannot use such devices on citizens that have done nothing legally wrong. It is against the Constitution. Right to privacy and all that.

    And you can teach kids the difference.
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    Re: Should parents use a GPS tracking device to monitor their children?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    If your kids are doing things like that, then perhaps you need to do a better job of raising them instead of expecting a machine to do it for you.
    Tells us Kandahar, what stupid crap did you do while a child? And do you blame your parents for not raising you correctly?

    Point being is that no matter how hard a parent tries kids will still try and do crap they're not suppose to. It's actually a natural stage in any child's development.

    Anyone that thinks different are either naive parents or have no children of their own.

    btw...my kids are 2 and 4 years old. So no need to go through their crap as of yet. And while I don't plan to go through it when they get older I will if I have a reason to. And I've got the right to do so.
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    Re: Should parents use a GPS tracking device to monitor their children?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Tells us Kandahar, what stupid crap did you do while a child? And do you blame your parents for not raising you correctly?

    Point being is that no matter how hard a parent tries kids will still try and do crap they're not suppose to. It's actually a natural stage in any child's development.

    Anyone that thinks different are either naive parents or have no children of their own.

    btw...my kids are 2 and 4 years old. So no need to go through their crap as of yet. And while I don't plan to go through it when they get older I will if I have a reason to. And I've got the right to do so.
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    Re: Should parents use a GPS tracking device to monitor their children?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Tells us Kandahar, what stupid crap did you do while a child? And do you blame your parents for not raising you correctly?
    I never did anything really bad, other than just the kind of boisterous stuff that all kids do.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang
    Point being is that no matter how hard a parent tries kids will still try and do crap they're not suppose to. It's actually a natural stage in any child's development.
    The examples you cited weren't just normal rowdy kid behavior though. You were speculating about the kid having sex at age 13, stealing cars, and being truant. Most kids do NOT do things like that. If a kid is doing those things, it's most likely because of bad parenting. And if the parent raised them properly, then there is no need to invade the kid's privacy because you're worried about them doing those things.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang
    btw...my kids are 2 and 4 years old. So no need to go through their crap as of yet. And while I don't plan to go through it when they get older I will if I have a reason to. And I've got the right to do so.
    The "right" to do so? Does that make it a good idea? If you want your kids to hate you and never trust you again, by all means track them with a GPS and then confront them every time they aren't where they say they'll be.
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    Re: Should parents use a GPS tracking device to monitor their children?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    I never did anything really bad, other than just the kind of boisterous stuff that all kids do.
    Perhaps you should define this. It appears that we have different definations of the kinds of "boisterous stuff that all kids do".

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    The examples you cited weren't just normal rowdy kid behavior though. You were speculating about the kid having sex at age 13, stealing cars, and being truant. Most kids do NOT do things like that. If a kid is doing those things, it's most likely because of bad parenting. And if the parent raised them properly, then there is no need to invade the kid's privacy because you're worried about them doing those things.
    Everything that I listed came from personal experiance. Either by myself doing it or a friend doing it. And I have quite the wide range in experiances from many different area's of the US. Are you suggesting that my parents had bad parenting skills? That would be quite funny considering the values that I have. Like not ever hitting a woman, telling the truth, only fighting when there is no other recourse etc etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    The "right" to do so? Does that make it a good idea? If you want your kids to hate you and never trust you again, by all means track them with a GPS and then confront them every time they aren't where they say they'll be.
    A parents first job is to protect and take care of their child. By any means necessary. A parents second job is to be friends with their child.

    Though I wouldn't like my kids hating me or not trusting me I would rather that happen than they grow up thinking that they can get away with anything. Dr. Spock came up with the idea that you should be a friend to your child first. He's an idiot and is the reason that kids can't even bring a gun to school for some after school hunting fun anymore, or that parents can't properly punish their kids anymore. IMO.
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    Re: Should parents use a GPS tracking device to monitor their children?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Perhaps you should define this. It appears that we have different definations of the kinds of "boisterous stuff that all kids do".
    Umm well...
    I got in a fight once in 5th grade. I was occasionally mean to my younger brother. I got a Saturday School in 9th grade for dropping an F-bomb. I left school early a couple times my senior year, just because I could get away with it. I occasionally got low grades due to not doing my homework. But I can't think of anything I did that was REALLY bad, certainly not on the scale of stealing a car...

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang
    Everything that I listed came from personal experiance. Either by myself doing it or a friend doing it. And I have quite the wide range in experiances from many different area's of the US. Are you suggesting that my parents had bad parenting skills? That would be quite funny considering the values that I have. Like not ever hitting a woman, telling the truth, only fighting when there is no other recourse etc etc.
    So you did all those things and turned out OK...without your parents using a GPS tracker on you. What's the lesson to be learned here?
    Last edited by Kandahar; 11-04-09 at 03:45 AM.
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