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GPS Device for Children

Would You Want a GPS Device for Your Child?

A friend of mine asked me if I would install a GPS chip in my child if I could. I immediately thought "no." It's a lil too "big brother" for my taste and we've managed alright without one so far.

There would certainly be perks to having such technology like being able to locate children if they went missing. In that sense, it seems like a no brainer. The mysteries of Caylee Anthony and Madeline McCann might already be solved if the girls had such chips. But, I have a hard time believing most parents would use such information on a "need to know" basis. If a teenage girl goes to prom and misses curfew by an hour, her father might be tempted to log on and see where she and her date are spending the evening. In instances like these, I think the chip would hinder a child's ability to flourish as the gift of independence and trust is not entirely granted.

Would you consider implanting a GPS chip into your child's body? Why or why not?
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Shannikan Shannikan 8 years
My husband actually asked me if we could take our son to our dogs vet and get OUR SON micro chipped. He thought it would be cool. I kinda agree. But emergency use is best just like with our animals. It gives u a piece of mind. especial with the casy anthony's out there are just killing/selling, there children. Or trenten duckett's mom who hid/killed her son then her killed self. THERE WOULD BE NO MORE MISSING CHILDREN.
RobinFabulous RobinFabulous 8 years
I wish I could be as blisfully unaware as some of you. My child may never live by himself. He's as innocent and harmless as an infant. He would have no protection whatsoever if someone took him for foul purposes. He wouldn't even know to fight back! Would I microchip him? IN A SECOND. I hope most people NEVER know the terror that goes along with having this kind of child. I can barely take him to the grocery store. Finally, at almost 7 we're taking him to Disney World with enough adults that there will be one person whos job will be to keep their hands on him. He's big, he's strong, and he's helpless. Could someone with bad intentions remove his clothing? Of course! Could they remove a microchip that most people wouldn't even imagine he had? Chances are no...
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
I agree with it for like what Lickety Split and Robin Fabulous describe. But those seem to be special circumstances. I don't agree with it for everyone however. I know for sure I would not want one for my son.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
I like the idea of a GPS watch or bracelet. I don't think implanting it into the body is very neccessary.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
as if children never take off articles of clothing. and as for when they "grow up", my disabled child will be 18 months forever. this has a place in society. just because there might be some parents who abuse it doesn't mean it shouldn't be made available for the rest of us that would use it for another safety net.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
In the case of a wandering child, a GPS could be attached to their shoe, on an anklet, etc. Another thing that could have been crucial in the McCann case? Not leaving three small children totally unattended in a hotel room. That's another thing I can see being a huge drawback of this - hey, my child's asleep, I can run to the store. If they get up and wander, I can just use my handy dandy GPS tracker I surgically installed under their skin.
sarahm73 sarahm73 8 years
I have to disagree with most of you on this one. Having followed the Madeline McCann case I think it makes perfect sense. The chances of finding an abducted child alive and well drop dramatically after 24 hours. Consider how many children are abducted each year. I bet all their parents thought it would never happen to them but it did. Its certainly the lessor evil IMO. To my knowledge, the device is implanted pretty easily and can be removed. If I lived a high profile life or even won the lottery ( chances of either pretty darn slim I know) then I wouldn't think twice about. The piece of mind that would come from knowing that my child would be easily and quickly located would far outweigh any "Big Brother" bashers objections!
TwistandShout TwistandShout 8 years
And what about when they grow up and leave home? Can they go and get the chip removed? This is a little intrusive for my tastes, sorry. You should never microchip a human being like you would a DOG.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
absolutely! i have a special needs child and the terror that comes over you when they are suddenly "gone" cannot be described. i guess i look at things differently, having a child that has had such a rough go of it. anything that would give me piece of mind; nothing else matters in the equation. i remember one specific incident where i actually had an "that's it. she's gone and we'll never know what happened to her" moment. it was agony. for one of my children to just dissapear and not know what because of them, i'd go insane.
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
Tracking people through the skin and even with our technology makes me think of the devil. Many people survived without cell phones, tracking devices for their children, computers way before us so why can't we do it? We become dependent and in the long run, lazy, IMHO.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
When I have children, I would never allow a GPS device to be implanted into them. When they are little to 12 maybe a GPS watch or necklace of some sort; They are young and still haven't grasped some skills for protection. However that is removable and once they get older you need to learn trust and take them to a self defense class so they can be independent. Implanting a GPS is way too 1984 scenerio for my liking.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Also, I think it's illogical to use Caylee Anthony as an example. Her mother almost certainly had something to do with with her disappearance and probable death. As the mother, she would've known Caylee had the chip and where it was, so she would've just been able to further torture her daughter by removing it and discarding.
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 8 years
Secretthoughts, Anniekim, and hithatsmybike I completely agree. It is a total infringement on rights. I am SHOCKED that there are so many people who would be in favor of this! I can't even begin to imagine the health issues either. Robinfabulous-- you could sew the same sort of chip into your son's trousers.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
54% people said yes. If that's not disturbing, I don't know what is. You have absolutely no right to exercise this sort of control over any individual, regardless of whether they are your child or otherwise. I agree that this is very 1984, and I'm horrified that so many "land of the free" Americans would be in favor of it. It's a disgusting infringement on a person's rights. Shame on you.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
I didn't say it was the same as genocide, I said it reminded me of the ID tattooing.
shoogerbooger shoogerbooger 8 years
Wow! Of course I want to keep my child safe, but implanting a GPS chip in their body is not the way to do it. Secrethoughts and Anniekim - I agree 100%
lildorothyparker lildorothyparker 8 years
Greggie - how is a GPS tracking device the equivalent of a targeted genocide? I think I understand what you're getting, but I hardly think the comparison is tactful or mindful of the differences between a parent-made decision and the systematic branding and slaughtering of over 6 million people.
RobinFabulous RobinFabulous 8 years
You know it may be a slippery slope, but I'd do it in a heartbeat if it was offered. I have a special needs child. A special needs child that can be prone to wandering. And two other children. My nightmares revolve around losing his hand for a second and him being gone. Plus you throw the scariness of kidnapping or pedophiles into it. He's totally innocent, he has no ability to fight someone off. Would I do it? Absolutely, I wouldn't think twice.
Kristinh1012 Kristinh1012 8 years
First I'm sure I could never afford this device; second it's a little creepy; and then we have the health issue, because I'm sure 10 years down the road it would end up being traced as fault to some kind of serious health risk as is everything else in this world down to our tupperware. But I'm sure if for any reason my child went missing (knock on wood) I would beat the crap out of myself knowing that there was such a thing available.
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