Tracking your child’s every move

Why parents are a bit paranoid
Have you ever watched your child play on a playground between other kids at a restaurant or in a park and then you suddenly don’t see them anywhere? Your heart misses a few beats and you start running around frantically.

Or do you have a teenager and really loses your mind when they are not there when you have to pick them up after they went out with their friends and you can’t get hold of them on their phone because the battery died.

With all the child abductions that happened over the last few years parents are more alert and this can take the fun out of going out. Especially since children have to run around and explore their environment. Doing this without you at times teaches them life skills and supports their development.  

A possible solution could be a GPS watch.

Advantages of a GPS watch
Not only can you see where your child is by using an app on your phone, with some you can call your child or they can call you and when it’s tampered with or taken off, you will get a notification. This is great as someone that wants to abduct a child will probably know to look for and take of such a watch.

Other benefits can include tracking your child’s activity level. Older children can be motivated to move and play more in order to reach a specific amount of steps each day. Children are spending more time in front of screens and less time being active, which is why childhood obesity is on the rise.

Possible disadvantages

  • They can be expensive.
  • Young children don’t always know how to look after a watch.
  • Older children might feel like you are checking up on them and their social life. The trust between you and your child will determine if it will be a suitable solution for you.
  • Parents can become too relaxed when the over rely on them.

Are we part of the so-called helicopter parents who hovers over their children? Yes, I believe we are. Is this a problem? Not when it involves their safety. It can, however, be a problem if we hover over them all the time, not allowing them free play time and giving them the opportunity to try new things and practice skills without our help.

You might want to read this letter to sugar mommies.

NB: Keep them safe, don’t smother their development!