Keeping Kids Safe, Or Keeping Them From Functioning Independently?
from the a-sense-of-balance dept
Meanwhile, lots of folks are talking about a new AP article that includes a tidbit about Montclair State University requiring all freshman to use a University-granted mobile phone that includes GPS tracking info. The details, however, aren't so bad. The GPS tracking is entirely voluntary, and the students decide when to turn it on or off. Thus, if they feel threatened or worried about walking across campus, they can turn it on and feel at least a little safer. This seems a lot more reasonable, and lets the students decide when it makes sense to use such technology. Of course, the students still need to understand that just because you can send a little beacon to the local police, that doesn't mean you don't need to be careful. With any of these technologies, the problem comes out when people think that they're somehow a substitute for teaching kids how to be safe and act responsibly. None of these technologies is a substitute for acting safely -- and anyone who assumes so is only asking for trouble.