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Wandering eyes that follow teens
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Posted 2/17/07 , edited 2/17/07

junglemummy wrote:

I am a parent of 2 teenagers. I wouldn't dream of tracking their every move, what an invasion of privacy. Our family operates on trust and respect. My sons are willing to tell me where they are going, and when they will be back (often I have to give them a lift anyway). They have mobile phones without any sort of tracking device, which I will only use to contact them if it is really important, and then a text message rather than a call will usually do. The fact that they have mobiles and can call me or someone else in an emergency makes me feel a lot happier. I think some parents have forgotten what it is like to be a teenager.



I almost wish my parents watched anime.
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Posted 2/17/07 , edited 2/17/07
A GPS type add-on for mobiles has been available for a while- i remember it being reviewed in a newspaper. I don't think you can decide how much parents should trust their children as all circumstances are different. I would actually like to have GPS on my phone in case i ever got in to trouble. However this is just personal as my parents are very trusting of me and wouldn't pay the GPS any attention unless they were really worried about something.
I think for younger children it is also a great idea; especially as some teenagers go through the whole 'rebellious phase' and put themselves in dangerous situations. I think i can see why some people wouldn't like it though- they like their privacy. At a certain age I don't think the parents should use such as program.
In the end it depends on how your child has been brought up and what the parents relationship with them is like.
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Posted 2/17/07 , edited 2/17/07
haha gps tracking system technically phones can be tracked any rate any how but come on how many parents would actually seriously be using that unless you're like one hell of a trouble child i doubt it...so i'm indifferent
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Posted 2/17/07 , edited 2/17/07
When you get to an age where you know why you're making the choices you are--it's none of your parents' business what you're doing as long as it doesn't affect them.

There are places in the world where you're married with children by 14.

I think at 16 I should be entitled to be making choices without my parents hovering over my shoulder.
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Posted 2/17/07 , edited 2/17/07

charlatanxangel wrote:

When you get to an age where you know why you're making the choices you are--it's none of your parents' business what you're doing as long as it doesn't affect them.

There are places in the world where you're married with children by 14.

I think at 16 I should be entitled to be making choices without my parents hovering over my shoulder.


Lol I disagree. If you're under 18 then you are depending on your parents so they have the right to restrict your freedom. It's like contradictory but the choices you can make is very narrow. But then, we are also entitled of some kind of freedom like having a private life, own emails, own bank accounts and stuff.

This freedom does not include: being drunk, being at home after curfew and such. THose are no longer freedom rather the abuse of it. Besides your parents really care for you so why not disclose something from time to time so they won't get worried.

Having GPS in cellphones is a very extreme move. Like I said though, if the kid is a troublemaker then yeah I would agree to this.
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Posted 2/18/07 , edited 2/18/07
......If the kid knows he's being tracked, won't he/she just ditch the cell phone somewhere, then go where ever he/she is going to go? Or get drunk in the library lik,e that other guy said.
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Posted 2/18/07 , edited 2/18/07
Really the issue is with parenting more than anything else. If children are raised properly from a young age they are less likely to get into any serious sort of trouble. I don't care much for GPS in phones or anything but that's because I like to wander or disappear from time to time. Usually I just ditch my cell phone and borrow someones if I really need to make a call because my parents don't really need to know that I decided to take a trip to Hong Kong or London I'm old enough to deal with my own life now.
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Posted 4/17/07 , edited 4/18/07
What happen ot trust... you wouldnt do that to a friend or a parent so why dose it make it ok to do to a teen
Posted 4/17/07 , edited 4/18/07
Have a tracking GPS and just that. They should have at least some freedom.
Posted 7/22/09 , edited 7/22/09
Respect and trust are all nice. But can you also trust in strangers? You know..the little fellows who like to abduct your kiddies, and/or sexually assault them, then maybe bury them alive? It might be quite crucial in these cases to track the kids' last moves before they vanished.
Posted 7/29/09 , edited 7/29/09
My parents are already overprotective worried freaks. I would rather have them track me down with a GPS system on my phone.
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Posted 7/29/09 , edited 7/29/09
lol were slaves XD
Posted 7/29/09 , edited 7/29/09
Parents watching us? C'mon it's not that scary because social networking sites like Myspace, Facebook, Twitter are under the FBI, CIA etc. dome. Don't call me paranoid because it's a well-known fact that one of the local Russian sites here is watched by government. Not sure about email though.

Oh and CIA watches WOW people for sure. Chinese goverment watches some of their internet traffic too. Phew.
Posted 7/29/09 , edited 7/29/09
Thats weird...but nobody can track me! Anonymous hehehehehe. As long as they don't start putting them in people's brains its ok.

Posted 7/30/09 , edited 7/30/09
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