Should Cellphone companies offer tracking devices in phones?

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    I have two teenagers, and I was actually considering getting new cellphones for them that track where they are. Basically this is because I'm scared shitless that a young man is interested in my daughter, and she's only 14, and not as communicative as she should be.

    So, I called US Cellular yesterday and inquired. The girl told me that US Cellular isn't offering this feature at this time. I asked why, since I'd heard that this was the new thing for parents. She said because of privacy issues, since husbands and wives also might use this.

    The problem these days is that all the kids have a cellphone, and the parents no longer get to answer the phone like in the old days. The kids are texting, sexting, and the parents don't have much of a clue as to who is interested in their daughter anymore. And, we keep in touch with our kids by cellphone. I think tracking exactly where they are is a fair option for parents to have to keep the kids honest.

    So, what do you all think? I can understand them not wanting to offer it to adults on the same plan, but it makes sense for parents of teenagers, in this fast paced society, to be able to know their offspring's whereabouts.
     
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    Why don't you purchase a lojack system and have it surgically implanted in your child's abdomen?
     
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    Well, as for your daughter's whereabouts, Middleman, I think if her phone is turned on, she can be located by the cops/cell phone company. But the underlying anxiety is what? She'll lie to you about where she's going? This bad boy will kidnap her?

    Trust your gut. If you feel this boy is some sort of threat to your child, go see his Mommy and Daddy. Explain to them why you feel a bit more protective of your child than you might of a more out-going 14 year old, and state (this is my recommendation) in no uncertain terms that you will rain the Wrath Of God down on their son if he does not move along and leave your daughter alone.

    You may have an angry daughter on your hands if you do this -- but imagine the alternative if you do nothing.

    I approve of protective parents. I hope you make this boy and his folks pee down his/their leg(s).

    Note: My advice would be different if this daughter were 17, mebbe even 16. But 14 is still a babygirl.
     
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    Actually, I met the boy yesterday. She was over at her friends, she told me that they were going to ride horses, but they also arranged for the boys to come over. Her friend's Mom and I had a good talk about our daughters, I went over and met the young man, and all's well. He was respectful and courteous. I was being a little paranoid because my daughter wasn't totally above board, but all was well.

    We had a good talk in the car about the importance of being above board to foster trust, so it was a happy ending.

    I didn't tell her that I was interested in tracking her movements though. :D :eek:
     
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    I'm so glad, Middleman. Being the Daddy of a teen kid is a bitchkitty, ain't it?
     
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    Yes it is.

    So, back to the question at hand...

    Some cell companies offer this service, and some don't. Do you think there is an ethical problem with it?
     
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    It is a common service in South Korea. It causes lots of problems. It is used as a spy tool a lot
     
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    I think you should be able to buy such a service if you want to.

    I personally wont buy a phone with any GPS, I have an old nokia brick and another old samsung flip phone. (yeah yeah get me a tin foil hat, lol)
     
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    Goodbye and good riddance. :cuckoo::banned03:
     
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    Why is this in Religion? Shouldn't it be in Technology?
     
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