Anti-Bullying Or False Sense Of Security?
from the could-cause-more-problems dept
There are all sorts of efforts underway for parents to track children via their mobile phones. In the past we’ve written a number of reasons why a lot of these solutions are problematic — both in making the children always feel watched and untrusted, but also because of the unintended consequences: both parents and kids may get a false sense of security because of the tracking. That second issue may be a problem with a new solution. Instead of constantly tracking a kid it lets a child who feels threatened to quickly press a button to send an emergency message to a parent, which will include the child’s location. Obviously, there are times when such a solution could be useful — but do they outweigh the negatives? Again, the kids and the parents get a false sense of security. They may not think basic street smarts are as important and wander into more dangerous situations thinking they always can “call for help.” And, if a kid is really in danger, sending a note with their location probably won’t do much to help the kid in time. One situation where it could come in handy is in a kidnapping situation, so police can have some location info. However, the cases where that’s likely to happen seem pretty slim.