TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: More Parents Going High-Tech to Track Kids

More Parents Going High-Tech to Track Kids

Monty Solomon (
Mon, 5 Sep 2005 22:00:02 -0400

By Martha Irvine, AP National Writer | September 5, 2005

CHICAGO --In this case, it isn't Big Brother who's watching -- it's
Big Mother (or Father). Increasingly, parents are using high-tech
methods to track everything from where their children are and how far
they are driving to what they buy, what they eat and whether they've
shown up for class.

Often, the gadget involved is a simple cell phone that transmits
location data. The details get delivered by e-mail, cell phone text
message or the Web.

Other times, the tech tool is a debit-like card used at a school lunch
counter, or a device that lets parents know not only how far and fast
the car is going, but also whether their child has been braking too
hard or making jackrabbit starts.

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