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a spinoff of sorts: would you have a GPS or other tracking device inserted

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nicrae
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Re: a spinoff of sorts: would you have a GPS or other tracking device inserted

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Posted by nicrae
This actually exists.. My friend has one that she sews into her DS's clothes. You can also set up a perimeter of where your child is supposed to be and if they leave that area you get a phone call immediately from a monitoring company. She can log on to her computer and "see" were he is at all times.



Really? Do tell more! Do you know the name of the device or company?



I would love to know more too!!



I will ask her and let you all know!!

Posted 6/16/10 10:38 AM
 
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CrankyPants
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Re: a spinoff of sorts: would you have a GPS or other tracking device inserted

Here is something you can use on clothing-stick on a belt loop, it the kids zippered pocket, something like that.

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It's as small as a paper clip.

I've also seen a thing you can attached to a shoe lace-I think in One step ahead.

The problem with these is that they only work within a few hundred feet. If someone gets you kid in a car and takes off, all bets are off.

Posted 6/16/10 10:45 AM
 

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Re: a spinoff of sorts: would you have a GPS or other tracking device inserted

Here is one that you can set to a certain range. If the child takes off out of that range, it goes off.

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Posted 6/16/10 10:49 AM
 

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Re: a spinoff of sorts: would you have a GPS or other tracking device inserted

Yup, and when my DC gets a phone, you can bet there will be GPS on that thing.

Posted 6/16/10 11:19 AM
 

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Re: a spinoff of sorts: would you have a GPS or other tracking device inserted

hahaha, its on the CF board now.

Posted 6/16/10 11:19 AM
 

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Re: a spinoff of sorts: would you have a GPS or other tracking device inserted

In a heartbeat!!!!!

Posted 6/16/10 11:24 AM
 

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Re: a spinoff of sorts: would you have a GPS or other tracking device inserted

Hell-to-the-yes.

Posted 6/16/10 11:25 AM
 

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Re: a spinoff of sorts: would you have a GPS or other tracking device inserted

eh, that's fine.

I don't know that I would have thought of it or considered it before I spat out the single most important thing in the every loving world to me.

to keep my child safe, there is NOTHING I would not entertain. NOTHING I would not do. every fiber of my being is on alert for danger. for ways to keep him safe.

if people want to think that is overbearing or smothering or whatever...I could not care on iota less. like seriously. I don't give a ****. Chat Icon

I told my dh and MIL the other day that I would DANCE TO PRISON. dancing the happy dance over the grave of anyone who tried to harm my son. oh yes. I would be the dancing queen of rikers.

you do not touch what is beloved by me without consequence. no way.

so, if getting a GPS keeps my son safe, and me out of prison...well, that is a win win in my life. Chat Icon

Posted 6/16/10 11:26 AM
 

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Re: a spinoff of sorts: would you have a GPS or other tracking device inserted

Posted by eddiesmommy

hahaha, its on the CF board now.



I can't even comment on that - this is most certainly one of those things that you really can't know the answer to unless you are there (as in, have kids).

Posted 6/16/10 11:33 AM
 

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Re: a spinoff of sorts: would you have a GPS or other tracking device inserted

like I said in my very civil post over there......I hardly think protecting my son from possible unfathomable harm is overbearing, but I can see why some people would be uncomfortable with it. I too wouldve scoffed at the notion of it, pre-child.

Message edited 6/16/2010 12:29:05 PM.

Posted 6/16/10 11:34 AM
 

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Re: a spinoff of sorts: would you have a GPS or other tracking device inserted

It is definitely the kind of thing you can only understand if you are a parent-I know that sounds snarky but I don't mean it to be.

Though it's interesting to think about what you would/would not do as a parent, I think every parent can give you lists of things they said they would NEVER do once they had kids and about 1/2 of that list is out the window.

So, while it's fun and interesting to think about how you will be as a parent, until you have a kid you just don't know.

Even now, with a near 3 year old and a 7 month old I still say "I will never XXX", but I bet if you talk to me in a couple years some of that goes out the window too.

Heck, I never thought I would change a shiitty diaper on a stranger's lawn-only trashy people do that. Look at me nowChat Icon Chat Icon And that's only where poop is concerned. Child safety ratchets everything up a few notches, and my list of "I would never" gets shorter and shorter.

Posted 6/16/10 11:36 AM
 

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Re: a spinoff of sorts: would you have a GPS or other tracking device inserted

if they could do it for my dog they should be able to do it for my son! i'd totally do it!

Posted 6/16/10 11:37 AM
 

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Re: a spinoff of sorts: would you have a GPS or other tracking device inserted

I remember reading an article about this years ago ( Cabinet Magazine The Clean Room / Wrestling with the "Digital Angel" Issue 5 Evil Winter 2001/02 )

At the time I thought is was awful, an invasion of privacy and could very easily be used for the wrong reasons. I am still opposed to being this "connected" and always accessible; there is a loss of independence and even a loss of humanity. Today it is very difficult to live quietly and within out natural environment, even when we spent time up north in the mountains you are still connected. When I was a child, we went to camp and had no phone, no TV and limited hot water. Now my parents camp has cable and wireless internet. These technologies are nice but they change us a humans. When I visit my parents at camp now my Dad is generally watching the Yankees and my Mom is on the porch surfing the net. Technology has a habit of isolating us when we are sitting right next to each other and at the same time making us "feel" connected.

With this device, for me, it is so hard to not want to immediately implant one into my son just in case something were to happen, but I also hate the idea. I son't like the idea of them becoming common place, becoming a regular method of checking on our kids. I don't want to be able to turn on a screen and see Johnny is skipping school. Yes, skipping school is wrong BUT being able to monitor my child 24/7 is not how I want to keep him in line.

As humans I think we need time to not be watched and to not be connected, we need independence and the ability to make take a step without being tracked.

I am very on the fence about this device.

Posted 6/16/10 11:38 AM
 

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Re: a spinoff of sorts: would you have a GPS or other tracking device inserted

Posted by QTDimps23

if they could do it for my dog they should be able to do it for my son! i'd totally do it!



BRAVO!!!!!!!!! Soooo true!!!!

Posted 6/16/10 11:38 AM
 

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Re: a spinoff of sorts: would you have a GPS or other tracking device inserted

Posted by NinaLemon

At the time I thought is was awful, an invasion of privacy and could very easily be used for the wrong reasons. I am still opposed to being this "connected" and always accessible; there is a loss of independence and even a loss of humanity. Today it is very difficult to live quietly and within out natural environment, even when we spent time up north in the mountains you are still connected. When I was a child, we went to camp and had no phone, no TV and limited hot water. Now my parents camp has cable and wireless internet. These technologies are nice but they change us a humans. When I visit my parents at camp now my Dad is generally watching the Yankees and my Mom is on the porch surfing the net. Technology has a habit of isolating us when we are sitting right next to each other and at the same time making us "feel" connected.

With this device, for me, it is so hard to not want to immediately implant one into my son just in case something were to happen, but I also hate the idea. I son't like the idea of them becoming common place, becoming a regular method of checking on our kids. I don't want to be able to turn on a screen and see Johnny is skipping school. Yes, skipping school is wrong BUT being able to monitor my child 24/7 is not how I want to keep him in line.

As humans I think we need time to not be watched and to not be connected, we need independence and the ability to make take a step without being tracked.

I am very on the fence about this device.



I agree with you exactly.

Posted 6/16/10 11:41 AM
 

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Re: a spinoff of sorts: would you have a GPS or other tracking device inserted

Posted by NinaLemon

I remember reading an article about this years ago ( Cabinet Magazine The Clean Room / Wrestling with the "Digital Angel" Issue 5 Evil Winter 2001/02 )

At the time I thought is was awful, an invasion of privacy and could very easily be used for the wrong reasons. I am still opposed to being this "connected" and always accessible; there is a loss of independence and even a loss of humanity. Today it is very difficult to live quietly and within out natural environment, even when we spent time up north in the mountains you are still connected. When I was a child, we went to camp and had no phone, no TV and limited hot water. Now my parents camp has cable and wireless internet. These technologies are nice but they change us a humans. When I visit my parents at camp now my Dad is generally watching the Yankees and my Mom is on the porch surfing the net. Technology has a habit of isolating us when we are sitting right next to each other and at the same time making us "feel" connected.

With this device, for me, it is so hard to not want to immediately implant one into my son just in case something were to happen, but I also hate the idea. I son't like the idea of them becoming common place, becoming a regular method of checking on our kids. I don't want to be able to turn on a screen and see Johnny is skipping school. Yes, skipping school is wrong BUT being able to monitor my child 24/7 is not how I want to keep him in line.

As humans I think we need time to not be watched and to not be connected, we need independence and the ability to make take a step without being tracked.

I am very on the fence about this device.



I agree with you.

what I would want is something like an Lojack. it's only "accessible" if he were to go missing. I don't want to monitor him 24/7. I just want to know that if God Forbid I could not find him, something on a screen would beep and light my way. Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon

Posted 6/16/10 11:43 AM
 

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Re: a spinoff of sorts: would you have a GPS or other tracking device inserted

Posted by pickles16

Posted by QTDimps23

if they could do it for my dog they should be able to do it for my son! i'd totally do it!



BRAVO!!!!!!!!! Soooo true!!!!



I am not a parent yet but this is so true.
I dont mean to compare my dog to anyone's child but I feel like his chip is a great backup and it makes me feel a little better knowing that he has it. . .

so if i could multiply that by a million, it must be what it would feel like to want to be able to track your child if you needed it

as for right now, i can track my child due to the foot that is right between my ribs at all times - while i find it annoying now i bet there will be days that i wish it were that simple Chat Icon

Posted 6/16/10 11:45 AM
 

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Re: a spinoff of sorts: would you have a GPS or other tracking device inserted

Posted by Ophelia

Posted by NinaLemon

I remember reading an article about this years ago ( Cabinet Magazine The Clean Room / Wrestling with the "Digital Angel" Issue 5 Evil Winter 2001/02 )

At the time I thought is was awful, an invasion of privacy and could very easily be used for the wrong reasons. I am still opposed to being this "connected" and always accessible; there is a loss of independence and even a loss of humanity. Today it is very difficult to live quietly and within out natural environment, even when we spent time up north in the mountains you are still connected. When I was a child, we went to camp and had no phone, no TV and limited hot water. Now my parents camp has cable and wireless internet. These technologies are nice but they change us a humans. When I visit my parents at camp now my Dad is generally watching the Yankees and my Mom is on the porch surfing the net. Technology has a habit of isolating us when we are sitting right next to each other and at the same time making us "feel" connected.

With this device, for me, it is so hard to not want to immediately implant one into my son just in case something were to happen, but I also hate the idea. I son't like the idea of them becoming common place, becoming a regular method of checking on our kids. I don't want to be able to turn on a screen and see Johnny is skipping school. Yes, skipping school is wrong BUT being able to monitor my child 24/7 is not how I want to keep him in line.

As humans I think we need time to not be watched and to not be connected, we need independence and the ability to make take a step without being tracked.

I am very on the fence about this device.



I agree with you.

what I would want is something like an Lojack. it's only "accessible" if he were to go missing. I don't want to monitor him 24/7. I just want to know that if God Forbid I could not find him, something on a screen would beep and light my way. Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon



this is how I assumed the hypothetical device would work as well. Only activated in an emergency.

If thats not the case and its just a tracking device for a childs every movement, then I agree with you.

Posted 6/16/10 11:46 AM
 

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Re: a spinoff of sorts: would you have a GPS or other tracking device inserted

Without a doubt!

Posted 6/16/10 11:47 AM
 

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Re: a spinoff of sorts: would you have a GPS or other tracking device inserted

I avoid watching the news. I can't look at that little Kyron's picture one more time. I just can't.

We drive by Josh's future school all the time and Leo said the other day, it seems like such a big place for him. One day, I am going to have to let him go into this big school for 8 hours. Leaves me gasping for air!

Then to watch this story unfold. I can't. My hand on a bible, I would rather bury my child then to spend a single night with him missing out there in the world. Needing his meds, scared...I can't imagine.

Posted 6/16/10 11:55 AM
 

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Re: a spinoff of sorts: would you have a GPS or other tracking device inserted

Posted by eddiesmommy

Posted by Ophelia

Posted by NinaLemon

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I agree with you.

what I would want is something like an Lojack. it's only "accessible" if he were to go missing. I don't want to monitor him 24/7. I just want to know that if God Forbid I could not find him, something on a screen would beep and light my way. Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon Chat Icon



this is how I assumed the hypothetical device would work as well. Only activated in an emergency.

If thats not the case and its just a tracking device for a childs every movement, then I agree with you.



I do think the positive aspects of the device are HUGE, I know if God Forbid anything were to ever happen to my child I would die. The idea of living a day or even an hour not knowing where he is or what he is enduring is just too horrific to comprehend.

If the device were like Lojack and could only be used in an emergency I would be more apt to use it. There is just something about the idea of it that is very unsettling for me; I do worry about how it could be used.

Posted 6/16/10 12:01 PM
 

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Re: a spinoff of sorts: would you have a GPS or other tracking device inserted

In a heartbeat! I would definitely want something that I could use in the horrible case of an emergency if she went missing. I wouldn't want to track her 24/7, but in the case of an emergency...without a doubt!

Posted 6/16/10 12:02 PM
 

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Re: a spinoff of sorts: would you have a GPS or other tracking device inserted

I'm torn - It's one of those things, that as a parent, I like, in theory.

If it's ONLY used for what it's intended, FABULOUS -

But life doesn't work that way and I feel like it would just be WAY too easy to abuse -

Posted 6/16/10 12:18 PM
 

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Re: a spinoff of sorts: would you have a GPS or other tracking device inserted

I posted a poll about this EXACT topic a long time ago on here...and I was AMAZED at how many people said they felt it was a violation of their child's privacy..I think it ended up being 52% were for it and 48% were against it.

My opinion? A 7 year old needs protection, NOT privacy. I would be 1st in line for this....

Posted 6/21/10 9:51 PM
 
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