I've never heard of a parent of a typical child using this tech and I think it's misleading to say this is common practice. GPS tracking devices are used for the rising number of severely disabled children, particularly those with autism who, either due to subclinical or petit mal seizures which cause sudden, inexplicable terror or because of an attraction to water, may bolt quite suddenly from caretakers. There have been over 60 deaths in 4 years from "autism elopement," about half from schools, and many disappearances like the Avonte case in NY. http://www.startribune.com/lif...
Nevertheless, schools and institutions don't like these devices, falsely citing "privacy" concerns when the concerns are really tort issues: a GPS tracking device can show that staff A) allowed a child or severely disabled adult resident to wander off institutional grounds, or B ) can show that a child was not in the area of the school that they were supposed to be in at a given time. The latter is an issue because, according to the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis (1998), up to 3 disabled die every week in schools and institutions due to violent restraint and use of solitary confinement chambers which are sometimes secretly maintained by schools. http://articles.courant.com/20...
Most institutional abuse deaths are among children. Furthermore, as reported in the Guardian itself and according to the American Department of Education, 1 in 10 secondary students are sexually abused by staff and the number of disabled children victimized is 5 to 15 times higher.
I wonder how those parents will react when messaged to state that their child had offed themselves because they didn't want to live in a world where choice was an illusion and free-will was traded on the FTSE 100?
But the next step after children is adults...and they won't be out on work release either. For me this is much more of a potential threat to my privacy than the NSA will ever be. Next employers will use it and this will become "accepted". We'll be tracked everywhere by private companies who will know our heart rate and our GPS location and what we had for lunch but gee the government won't be reading our e mails or cell phone calls so we still be "free". I don't think so. I think the whole NSA "scandal" is just using the government as a straw man to deflect attention away from technology like this. Private companies like Google and Facebook already know more about you and me than the government ever will. Soon they will control our communications and what we see and hear. Much scarier than the government by far. Remember that Eric Snowden was an employee of Booz-Hamilton working as a government contractor not a pure government employee. Enough said
I would slit my wrists before ever making my children wear these digital handcuffs.This is one of the saddest inventions I've read about. What next? Implanting a chip to keep track of prisoners? Then patients? Then everyone? We are becoming scared of the monsters under the bed. This won't stop child abuse. This won't stop children going missing. This won't teach people to make good decisions. It will lull parents into a false sense of security and train us to herd and control our children like cattle.
Every human is dual natured and as such, all human behaviours are tethered diametrics, the enforced dichotomic juxtaposition of one's addicition to self-damage conveniently assumed as damaging the-other by Stupidity & Dumbness. Like it, believe it, realise it, or not, when Control Freakism is out prowling, the numpty is merely awaiting for its alterego, Abandonment's, moment of liberation, Control being Abandonment suppressed whereas Abandonment is merely Control expressed. This is because a Control Freak never, ever, controls itself be that firstly or lastly/finally. Yes, the Nutter is that abandoned. Without Error, oka Pain, there can be zero Gain - unless one is Abaondonment awaiting its next freebee "State/Communistic Subsidy" - the system of Division created by salary "rewards" that has little merit other than being able to think of a large number and then adding as many zeroes to that affliction as possible. This is because every "Democracy & Freedom", oka the means to "Taxation & Credit", is fronted by Beggars & Thieves, Beggary being Thievery suppressed with Thievery merely being Beggary expressed. Control seeks to eliminate Error in order that its sibling, Abandonment, may then subjugate all. Afterall, without Cancer being revealed, Error will merely worship Cure when Prevention is able, ready and willing to express. Why are humans this Stupid? Because we were Dumb - and were Stupid before that, ad infinitum. Lucky for us, Compassion & Mercy see it merely as "Ignornance". But then, how come when Fairness is standing-by 24/7, humans always end up choosing Trust? Is this why "Democracy & Freedom" always end up as Demonocrazy & Ownership Issue? Yes, "Lock 'em up and 'frow away the key" - sez Da Bigge Crook as It patsies the little crook in front of the crooked wigged fellow for atonement - all stage managed by the very dual natured "Law Enforcer", who whenever poss, "25/8 pleeze G_d", happens to be Judge & Jury too. Yes, huamns are this Stupid & Dumb - both juxaposed at the same time without waiting for Time/Latency timely arrival. And all because Human Intelligence is about the Relativity/Duality between every human's Past & Future, oka Time, whereas True/Real/Absolute Intelligence is Of The Present, oka The Timing/Moment, The Present being The One who lacks Past or Future if only because He is both too.