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The GEM Debate: Would You Use GPS To Keep Track Of Your Kid?


Wait; wait, before you answer the question above let me tell you the rest of the story.

Someone on my Facebook page mentioned that she and her husband had moved their son into his college dormitory last weekend. While they were there, another parent told them that they planned to use GPS to track the whereabouts of their college student. Their COLLEGE student. Um, paging Big Brother!

Those of you familiar with my writings and rantings can probably guess on which side of this argument I will fall. For those just tuning in, let me give it to you straight; this is RIDICULOUS! Still I can clearly hear the protests of some parents. “But it’s for their safety, why wouldn’t you do it?” Well, I’m glad you asked. Here’s why.

CUT THE CORD ALREADY! Come on now, your kid is 18. That means that for 18 years you’ve had a chance to teach him or her the ways of the world, what you expect of them and about your personal beliefs. Now it’s time to let your kid put into practice what they have learned. Don’t you trust that you did a decent job imparting that information?

TRUST: And speaking of trust, nothing says, “I don’t trust you and your decisions” better and more clearly than an electronic tether. Is that really the non-verbal message you want to give your child? Think about it.

ENOUGH OF THE HELICOPTER PARENTING: GEEZ this is irritating! Don’t you have enough to do in your own life? If not, you’d better get busy. You know why? Because your baby is growing up. Pretty soon he/she will have a social circle in which you are on the periphery. Where you should be.

Look, there was a time when your parents did it for you; you left the nest and struck out on your own. It’s time for us as parents to take a giant chill pill and let our kids grow up, make decisions without us peering over their shoulders. I’m a big fan of technology and think for the most part, it serves a purpose. Not so in this case.

That’s my take, what about you? Do you think it’s a good idea to use GPS to track your college students whereabouts? Do you think that’s necessary? What would your child say/do if they knew you were planning to minitor them? Let’s debate it!

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