GPS Tracking System Technology Reinforcing Bad Parenting?
Within the last couple of weeks, numerous television news networks and papers have publicized stories about the balloon boy hoax, and missing children in general. Although the balloon boy hoax story generated anger among people, the story did bring attention to the very serious problem of children who are missing, and what things could be done to reduce the risk of parents losing a child. A growing trend among parents has been the use of GPS child tracking systems to keep tabs on their children, and although GPS child tracking systems may provide additional security, the question some people are left asking is:
Are GPS tracking systems designed for monitoring a child reinforcing bad parenting?
Clearly, not all parents who take advantage of child GPS tracking systems are bad parents or exhibit bad parental skills, but the posed question is an important one people should, and need, to think about.
What Are Child GPS Trackers?
Child GPS tracking systems evolved from the vehicle tracking systems that are used by consumers and businesses every day. Parents can easily attach a child GPS tracking system onto a kid because the devices can be worn as a wristwatch, bracelet, or clipped onto a belt or backpack. With the help of a child GPS tracking system, a parent will always be able to know where their child is within seconds, assuming the device is not tampered with or removed from the child.
How GPS Trackers Reinforce Bad Parenting
Child GPS trackers are a great way for parents to know exactly where a child is playing or hanging out, but what they also give many parents is a false sense of security. For example, a child GPS tracking system will not alert parents if a kid is playing in the street, or horse-playing with friends. Parents need to be aware the child GPS trackers are by no means a supplement to good parenting and they do not ensure the safety of a child. Parents must pay attention to their child, ask important questions, know who a child’s friends are, talk with teachers, and do research on the people living in their local area if they want to give themselves the highest probability of keeping their child safe.
Child GPS tracking systems can be a valuable tool for parents to help keep track of their children, but no way will they guarantee a child’s safety. The best approach to keeping a child safe is good and observant parenting.
- Do you think child GPS tracking systems reinforce bad parenting?
- Would you watch a childless if he or she were equipped with a child GPS tracking system?
- Would you feel that your child was completely safe if they were wearing a child GPS tracking system?