I love how technology has advanced to a level of sophistication that some low-lives in the criminal world has trouble keeping up. So, I started thinking about GPS and children. I posed a question about child safety to a bunch of friends with children recently because of high-profile news about kidnapping.
Perhaps, one additional features wireless providers and security firms can work together is help parents and law enforcement in an event of a kidnapping or crime that requires location tracking. I know that are privacy issues regarding such tools and may be misused (though I haven't thought of how that can happen).
GPS is one solution. Perhaps even a proximity system can be set up when a child strays too far from a location. In one case last month, three toddlers managed to elude their nannies at a day care and walk onto a train track. Closer to home, I know of a child who was left on a boat after the child got sea sick and went to sleep. No one, the teachers or chaperons, had any idea until the ship's crew found him curled up in a corner.
Of course, no among of mobile technology employed can replaced personal responsibility of the caretakers and appropriate adult behavior when it comes to protecting the innocent. Nevertheless, I think these tools are very important to aid busy parents and, in a worst case situation, law enforcement.
More recently, I also read about a wrist band that will alert the parent if it gets wet, which may mean a child has fallen into a pool. Of course, we've got nanny cams as well.
One that's hotly debated is whether to give a child a mobile phone and when. And then, certainly what type of phones.
These are issues that I hope our mobile warriors with children will consider. Any thought our readers can share with us on child safety technologies would be greatly appreciated.