I’m not great at political debates, I don’t like confrontation and I will often shy away from heated conversations for fear of looking unintelligent due to not knowing all the facts…or not understanding the big words or simply from
bursting out crying stumbling under pressure. However, I do have opinions, I have things which I feel strongly enough about to argue my point – for example the fact that I would be team zombie (if given a choice) or that Sawyer from Lost *rubs thighs* was WAY better than Jack. Its my opinion, I’m sticking with it so deal with it. However, I am also inquisitive -possibly a little naïve- but I like to ask questions, to try to understand things which puzzle me…I’m curious to hear the other side of an argument. So for this weeks writing challenge I’m going for gold…
One topic (which is a little more pressing than that of Lost characters or zombies) that I genuinely don’t understand the ‘against’ argument for is GPS tracking for kids. With all the kids that get abducted or go missing why is there such a negative response to the idea of it?…Honestly…serious question…I really want to know the answer.
Just Imagine a chip implanted at birth which could allow you to pinpoint the exact location of that child should they go missing…what’s wrong with that? Now imagine it could have medical info programmed in such as blood type etc too, meaning that in case of emergency it could be scanned and all the medical information retrieved…that bad boy could save some time and some lives. Of course these chips would need a source of power but lets pretend that wasn’t an issue for a second, ignoring the practical or technological limits… Would you do it then?
I find it hard to believe that people would value their privacy over safety. I hear arguments about the world being watched, all this ‘big brother’ talk but to be honest I like that programme 😉 (I hope you sense my sarcasm) its one of the best (trashiest) ways to spend an otherwise boring night in…the difference being that those cameras are in a house. They really are invading privacy and doesn’t it make good entertainment? With the unbelievable amount of surveillance cameras in Britain, people are still managing to fall off the radar, Children are still going missing because these cameras are in public places, they aren’t focused on our own front gardens and consequently children are still being taken from them…so wouldn’t a GPS chip in a child act as a failsafe?
I can understand the worry of these microchips resulting in the relaxing parental obligations, setting up a world of lazy parenting or a device which could replace common sense and good parenting; some people simply shouldn’t be allowed to breed…but they do… so GPS tracking would protect the children to an extent in cases where the level of good parenting is lower than normal. I mean there’s a difference between letting your pre teen kids walk the short trip to school with their friends and expecting them to make it there safely; but leaving your young child in a hotel room whilst you fuck off partying…(I mean really? ) don’t get me started on that- But even ignoring the dimwits, what you think to be the safest environments, i.e. your own front garden, are no longer secure. Its not safe to let your kids ride their bikes around the block, sad but true. Times have changed so why don’t we change with them accordingly?
We chip out pets in case they get lost… Why not do the same for our children? Maybe the chip expires at 18 or even better they could have it deactivated if they wish… I know I’m not alone in saying that I wouldn’t mind being tracked if needed. Id like to know that if I drove my car off a cliff someone would be able to find me…or If I lost my memory i’d like to be returned home….speaking of which, while we are at it why not chip grannie? She’s old and frail, she gets lost and confused…GPS could have her returned home safely within the hour.
I realise that there are a number of devices you can buy, technology which allows you to track your children (or to catch straying spouses I’m sure) some even send a text to your phone should that child cross a pre-set perimeter; others let you dial into the device and listen to its surroundings; however have you ever let a toddler play with your phone? You’ve seen how quickly it gets licked and covered in chocolate…imagine setting them loose with it in the garden…it would be buried or thrown in the pond within minutes. (not advising you to allow a toddler to play unsupervised near water but hopefully you get my point) Now think of a rebelling teen…that ’f*ckin babysitter my mum makes me carry’ would get smashed up or left in the back of their friends car…or simply turned off in some cases.
Perhaps the idea of chipping or tracking kids is enabling overprotective parenting but what if the chip lay dormant until needed? What if only the police could access the information? That would allow parents of runaways to at least know (via police or a specific service) that their child was alive, even if they didn’t want to come home. It takes away the worry of child safety against their own abusive parents, it removes the fear of stalkers gaining access to their trackers…doesn’t it?
Chipping them would surely act as a deterrent? Perhaps the idea of a chip being cut out scares people off the idea of implanting them in their children -or elderly relatives in the first place? How about if an alarm was sounded and the police notified at the first sign of tampering? Would that convince you?
So many people are for freedom and privacy but if their kids were missing I’m sure they would change their minds. Chip kids, chip grandma, chip criminals…chip everyone. I honestly don’t understand the argument against it -and I honestly cant wait to read the responses. Our bank cards track us anyway, security cameras are everywhere, we have GPS in our cars; I can find my phone if I lose it thanks to this technology…Even Facebook knows where I am when I update a status… so why not?
- MobileKids App Ensures GPS Tracking Safety (technologytell.com)
- DP writing Challenge: State of the State (thebeginningsofmhdickey.wordpress.com)