Your Parents Probably Know Where You Are Right Now

Lily Debenport

 Paschal student Gabby Martin was out with friends on a cold dark, rainy, fall evening when her car when out of control and she hit a tree. In a panic she and her friends jumped out of the car, leaving her phone behind. After assessing if her friends were okay she heard a vibration and got back in her car to grab her phone. Little did she know that her parents were already alerted and 911 was on the way.
In this generation, the amount of tracking has substantially grown and as technology has advanced so has the amount of kids being tracked. Tracy Smith an AP here at Paschal, as well as a mom to five says when asked about whether or not she will track her kids, “I think it’s important to have the ability to do it because of the way the world is changing and from my point of view it would all be about the safety aspect of things. I however don’t think it’s something necessary to do unless my kids had broken my trust on multiple occasions.”
Although parents have a good intent behind tracking, sometimes parents take it too far as of how much they do or do not trust their kid. Megan Johnsen, a mom to two younger girls says, “I think it can be good if something were to go wrong, but I think making a kid feel like they have no privacy or freedom can be harmful and have much lasting effects.”
Recently apps such as Life360 and Find my Friends have become heavily popular. George Garcia a sophomore recalls, “This break I went to San Antonio with a friend and his family, we walked around the city all day and roamed around. I didn’t tell my parents that we were going to eat really late that night. They were able to use Find my Friends to track my phones location to make sure I was where I was supposed to be. Once they saw me eating out somewhere late at night, they freaked out and called my friends mom to make sure that they were there with me.”
According to the New York Times, growing up in the society we live in today comes with a bunch of challenges and discomforts. Tracking helps as a safety aspect to make sure that you are where you are supposed to be when you are supposed to be. Although there is controversy over whether or not you should be tracked, the intention should always be used with positive intentions and to help foster child independence.