Cell phone service lets parents track kids via GPS

Full story: Newsday 28
Robin Erlich, of Nissequogue, said she got her twin daughters cell phones when they were 8 years old so she could keep better tabs on them. Full Story
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#1 Aug 28, 2008
With all the sicko pedophiles running around Long Island it's a good idea to keep tabs on where your kids are when they get old enough.

Personally I would love all kids to get an RFI tag placed on them somewhere until they become an adult.
Money

Huntington, NY

#2 Aug 28, 2008
Don't forget that when a cell compny says a feature is "$9.99 a month" it's really a helluva lot more after taxes and fees.
Jeez, as kids we used to leave the house as soon as we got home from school and go wherever we felt like it with no notifications and then show up around dinner time.
A shame the world has changed so much, and that naturally there are corporations capitalizing financially on it all.
mac

Garden City, NY

#3 Aug 28, 2008
Money wrote:
Don't forget that when a cell compny says a feature is "$9.99 a month" it's really a helluva lot more after taxes and fees.
Jeez, as kids we used to leave the house as soon as we got home from school and go wherever we felt like it with no notifications and then show up around dinner time.
A shame the world has changed so much, and that naturally there are corporations capitalizing financially on it all.
How true!
mac

Garden City, NY

#4 Aug 28, 2008
There will probably be more adults using this feature - Tracking other adults!
joe

Brooklyn, NY

#5 Aug 28, 2008
i would hate to be a kid now-a-days
SIck of It All

Valhalla, NY

#6 Aug 28, 2008
Personally, I think giving children cellphones gives them too much freedom to wander. These kids (and parents) assume that the child is okay because they have a phone on them, and I think that opens up a world of problems. I'm sorry, but 8 year olds should never be outside of the company of their parents, or under another adults supervision when the parents are not there (teacher, coach, other child's parent, etc.) If the child needs to contact their parent, they can borrow the phone of the supervising adult.

I think the only cellphone I would be comfortable getting for a child would be one of those that only allows them to call the 2 or so numbers that are programmed in, and 911 of course. There is no need for these children to be yapping on the phone to their friends all day.
SIck of It All

Valhalla, NY

#7 Aug 28, 2008
Just a heads up to everyone that posts on Newsday:
Apparently now Etc. is a censored word, because that is what I typed in my above post (and what is starred out). Newsday, since when is etc. a bad word? Maybe you should hire someone with a working knowledge of the English language. Pathetic.

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Since: Jul 08

Jericho, NY

#8 Aug 28, 2008
Boy am I lucky they didn'y have this technology when I was a teen.
It is a good idea to an extent I think. It all depends on the parent and what exactly they are using the GPS for with their child.
liner

Hicksville, NY

#9 Aug 28, 2008
SIck of It All wrote:
Just a heads up to everyone that posts on Newsday:
Apparently now Etc. is a censored word, because that is what I typed in my above post (and what is starred out). Newsday, since when is etc. a bad word? Maybe you should hire someone with a working knowledge of the English language. Pathetic.
Don't worry, I just found out they don't like "a.n.i.m.a.l" either. Who knew?
SIck of It All

Valhalla, NY

#10 Aug 28, 2008
liner wrote:
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Don't worry, I just found out they don't like "a.n.i.m.a.l" either. Who knew?
Maybe we should all type our posts backwards, they won't be able to censor innocent words!
Another opinion

East Setauket, NY

#11 Aug 28, 2008
The woman in the article states that one of her daughters lost their Ipod and if the daughter loses the cell phone they'll be able to find the phone and her daughter. What??? Her daughter is getting a GPS implant?

This woman obviously has money to waste.
Management

Smithtown, NY

#13 Aug 28, 2008
Ahh the new age of trust between parent and child. Gotta love it.
Sharon

New York, NY

#14 Aug 28, 2008
Another opinion wrote:
The woman in the article states that one of her daughters lost their Ipod and if the daughter loses the cell phone they'll be able to find the phone and her daughter. What??? Her daughter is getting a GPS implant?
This woman obviously has money to waste.
Yeah, her husband's money.

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Since: Mar 08

Anytown USA

#15 Aug 28, 2008
Management wrote:
Ahh the new age of trust between parent and child. Gotta love it.
I don't necessarily think it is the parent/child but the parent/child/child molester or kidnapper thing I would worry about. Keeping my child safe by knowing where they are is not a trust issue. Who knows if this could avert a possible kidnapping or stop it before anything happened would it be worth it?
There are pros and cons to this - It depends upon a lot of factors.
Management

Smithtown, NY

#16 Aug 28, 2008
I have to ask all these parents that grew up in teh 60's, 70's and 80's if they would have tolerated this when they were kids/teens?
(and no, I am not a teen. I was born in 1958)
George Bush

Tucson, AZ

#17 Aug 28, 2008
First, the country has NOT changed. There were just as many perverts in the middle ages as there are now. The only difference is back in the day you can have a public beheading, and now you can't. Take this guy who killed the 8 year old boy and showed the video to the sister. They should youtube this jerk frying in the chair.

But, we are a country of wimps. We'd rather have our kids in the house then outside playing like they should be. You know those websites that show where chester molester lives? We, as a nation, should be allowed to firebomb the houses. But no. Those idiots get rights, and our kids lose their freedom. I love America.

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Since: Mar 08

Anytown USA

#18 Aug 28, 2008
Management wrote:
I have to ask all these parents that grew up in teh 60's, 70's and 80's if they would have tolerated this when they were kids/teens?
(and no, I am not a teen. I was born in 1958)
I too was born in '58. My parents knew where we were at all times. Many of us did not have both parents working, a cell phone or the internet. We played (as kids) on our block near our house or at a park nearby with a group.

Times now are way different then they were when people grew up in the 60's, 70's and 80's.
Management

Smithtown, NY

#19 Aug 28, 2008
elphaba_ wrote:
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I too was born in '58. My parents knew where we were at all times. Many of us did not have both parents working, a cell phone or the internet. We played (as kids) on our block near our house or at a park nearby with a group.
Times now are way different then they were when people grew up in the 60's, 70's and 80's.
Only because the parents have taken charge of planning/coordinating/controll ing little Johnnys (and Janes) activities. When we were kids, who did we play with? Only those on the block or within bike riding distance. We weren't driven to the other side of town for a "play date" nor "gymboree" nor "mommy and me".

We swung on swings in the neighborhood playground or in the yard of the only friend with a swing set. We played a pick up game of baseball (with a tennis or spalding as to not break windows) in the street in front of our houses rather than on the community run officially santioned baseball league.

Different time and I don't think they are better.

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Since: Mar 08

Anytown USA

#20 Aug 28, 2008
Management wrote:
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Only because the parents have taken charge of planning/coordinating/controll ing little Johnnys (and Janes) activities. When we were kids, who did we play with? Only those on the block or within bike riding distance. We weren't driven to the other side of town for a "play date" nor "gymboree" nor "mommy and me".
We swung on swings in the neighborhood playground or in the yard of the only friend with a swing set. We played a pick up game of baseball (with a tennis or spalding as to not break windows) in the street in front of our houses rather than on the community run officially santioned baseball league.
Different time and I don't think they are better.
Very true - back then Gymboree and/or Mommy and me was in your own back yard on your swingset, in a pool or at park in walking distance.

We had some great summers playing ball in the street, having great game of tag, playing hide and seek or riding our bikes in the neighborhood.
All of our
Management

Smithtown, NY

#21 Aug 28, 2008
And we were in "the neighborhood" where everyone watched everyone else. We knew who our neighbors were and we knew the parents, all the parents in teh neighborhood were watching us. If we screwed up, our parents knew about it usually before we even got home.

Life was simpler then.

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