GPS tracking for kids

One of my boys was a ‘bolter’ when he was little. Look away for an instant and he was off and running. I’d fret for his safety – obviously I was concerned about him running onto a road but I was also worried about him getting lost (and anyone who has lost a child knows that it happens in the blink of an eye). I used to joke about installing a tracker device on him. Seems that’s now not such a joke.

A childcare centre in Sweden is conducting an experiment with GPS tracking devices for each child. While the children are outside, transmitters on the GPS devices alert staff if a child moves out of a certain distance.

Some parents are concerned that the devices will be used as a substitute for adequate supervision by staff.

So what do you think? Would a tracking device give you peace of mind or do you think it’s over-the-top?

(via Inhabitot)

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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