- Category: GPS Tracking
Do GPS Trackers Cross Privacy Line?
More and more parents are getting slapped with the “helicopter parent” label by their teens because of constant meddling. The best way to describe a helicopter parent would be a parent who has to know everything their teen is doing. This includes where they are going, who they are hanging out with, who they are dating, how many minutes they are using on their cell phone per month and more. Of course, good parenting involves parents knowing what their teen is generally doing, but sometimes the good nature simply goes too far. One of the new and popular ways parents are now going too far in an effort to intrude in their teen’s lives is through the process of GPS tracking.
Parents Use GPS Trackers To Spy
By placing a tiny GPS tracker on a teen’s car, parents can watch everywhere their teen driver is going, and see everywhere that teen has been. What’s even more impressive is that through real-time tracking, parents can intrude and invade the privacy of their teen from the comfort of home.
Helicopter parents need to know everything that is going on with their teens, but by wanting to know everything the parent disregards the lines of trust and privacy between parent and teen. Teenagers place a heavy amount of value on their personal privacy and independence, and when parents take that away by using tracking devices to spy on them the end result if often anger and distrust.
Is There An Answer?
The best thing parents can do if they are concerned a teen may be driving unsafely is to tell the teen that they trust them to make the right decision, and trust they are capable and responsible enough to driver safely. However, if the teen demonstrates a lack of responsibility and good judgement/decision making by receiving a traffic violation of any sort, the parent then has the right to place a GPS vehicle tracking unit on the teen’s car. The conversation will show any teen that their parent is giving them the opportunity to have complete freedom while driving, but that the freedom can easily be taken away for any probable cause. The teen will quickly understand that if they make poor decisions that a GPS tracker will soon be watching them.
Of course, at the end of the day, every parent needs to use their own personal judgement to decide whether using monitoring technology to oversee teen driving activity is a good or bad thing. Every parent has different situations to deal with, and every teen is different. Therefore, there really is no right or wrong answer when it comes to GPS tracking for safety.