View Poll Results: Should parents use GPS tracking to monitor their children?

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  • Yes! An implanted chip would be even safer!

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  • Yes, I think this is a practical way to keep track of kids

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  • It would be warranted in some cases

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  • Brave New World here we come. They've gotta start them young.

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

    'Little Buddy' GPS device keeps tabs on your kid :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Technology

    Should parents use a device like this to keep track of and monitor their children?

    Best Buy is selling a transmitting device that lets parents keep track of their children. Parents can place the device in a child's backpack or lunch box, for example.

    The "Little Buddy Child Tracker" retails for $100 (far less than other devices that sell for $200 to $500). It combines global satellite positioning and cellular technology to signal the child's whereabouts to a computer or smartphone.

    Parents can program the device to set up specific times and locations where the child is supposed to be -- in school or at home, for example -- and the device sends a text message if the child leaves the site in that time.

    The device immediately drew angry writeups from some techies, who called it a reason for children to run away from home.

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

    Uh...The Simpsons episode did make a point. Perhaps many younger children aren't rational moral agents, but I suspect that the involuntary attachment of tracking technology to some of them will impede their development into fully capable moral agents. The comments are revealing enough...

    Yes, with the number of children that go missing each year, every parent should use a personal GPS tracking device, but you dont have to be a parent to need or benefit from owning one of these devices. Motorcycles, skis, musical instruments, laptop computers, purses & luggage, even the family dog: EVERYBODY has SOMETHING they want to protect!!!
    People are only equivalent to property in some stilted authoritarian delusion.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    'Little Buddy' GPS device keeps tabs on your kid :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Technology

    Should parents use a device like this to keep track of and monitor their children?
    up to the parent, i think.

    Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:

    These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.


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

    No. What a ridiculous invasion of their kid's privacy. Parents can be so overprotective.
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    Re: Should parents use a GPS tracking device to monitor their children?

    As long as it is not a implant it should be up the parent whether or not the parent wants to stick a GPS device in Little's Timmy's backpack or lunch box.
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    Re: Should parents use a GPS tracking device to monitor their children?

    Google Latitude.

    Keep tracking honest and opt-in.
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    Re: Should parents use a GPS tracking device to monitor their children?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    As long as it is not a implant it should be up the parent whether or not the parent wants to stick a GPS device in Little's Timmy's backpack or lunch box.
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    Re: Should parents use a GPS tracking device to monitor their children?

    I feel that the media has seriously turned the public into a bunch of spineless paranoids with their fearmongering overhyped reporting.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    No. What a ridiculous invasion of their kid's privacy. Parents can be so overprotective.
    children are kidnapped and killed every day. if my children were very young i might use one of these devices. NOT for teens, however.

    Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:

    These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.


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

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    I feel that the media has seriously turned the public into a bunch of spineless paranoids with their fearmongering overhyped reporting.
    how do you equate protecting young children to being spineless?

    Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:

    These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.


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