God Forbid Kids Should Explore Their World 0
This will take all the fun out of t-ping your 10th-grade English teacher’s front lawn.
GPS technology, widely used to provide motorists with directions, is now being used to track the movements of entire families.
Snap Secure, a smartphone security app created by Princeton, N.J.-based cloud service applications company Snap My Life, already functioned to control who children talk to by phone, text with and what they browse online.
The app, which comes with a $5.99-per-month subscription, is one of dozens of products developed by tech companies specifically for parents to monitor children’s locations. Snap Secure has rolled out new features just in time for Halloween that takes the surveillance up a notch by allowing parents to set perimeters on a GPS-enabled map that limits where a child is permitted to travel. If a kid steps outside of the marked area, parents receive a notification and can check the map to see just how far the child has strayed.
All seriousness aside, we seem to have a generation of paranoiac papas and meddling mamas. Maybe it was ever so, but cyber-stalking one’s own kids adds a new dimension.
I suspect that, if this practice grows, it will spur kids to defy the surveillance to do things which, if they weren’t relentlessly spied on, they might not otherwise do.