Microchip (GPS) your child??

@ebsharer (5517)
United States
May 2, 2008 12:53pm CST
If you could put a microchip in your child would you??? Why or why not??? Please help me on the pros and cons. What if it only lasted till he or she was 18 years old then had to be removed or automatically turned off? Pro: You would always know where your child was If your child was ever kidnapped you could find him or her right away Con: No privacy for your child Possibly cruel I will leave you with those pros and cons to see what you come up with. Thanks in advance for your opinion! All answers will be rated positive! Both for it or against is WELCOME to join!!
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16 responses
@anawar (2406)
• United States
3 May 08
Our society is fear driven. It's how we're controlled. Many moms worry about losing their child or someone kidnapping their child. But would you want to chip them? I know a few years ago, they started chipping dogs. I thought 'oh great, I know what's next. They'll start chippng kids.' I'm worried that one day it will be a law to have your child chipped the day it is born. I can't imagine spending my whole life with the government able to track every move I make, everywhere I go. I wouldn't want that for my child either. Who knows where this crazy world is going? Maybe someday I won't want anyone to find me or my child. What are we dogs? What happens to privacy? There's no way I'm going to let anyone control me by making me afraid of something that might not even exist. Then they tell you they can save you from danger (chipping) and they've got you under their control. Not me! No way!
@ebsharer (5517)
• United States
3 May 08
Okay you took it a step farther then I did. I wasn't intending on this to be government controled, but parent controled. Yes kind of like the microchip in dogs. I am not going to say if I would or wouldn't do it I am just having a discussion about it (for now I will come back and give my opinion at a later time). Right now I want to know why or why not? Thank you for your response! I really did enjoy it! +
@anawar (2406)
• United States
3 May 08
Happy to oblige. I always have a way of taking things one step further. I'm sure you'll get tons of input to help you make your final determination. Have fun!
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@ebsharer (5517)
• United States
5 May 08
Oh this isn't some thing I am looking into doing. I have just heard about it and thought it would be a good thing to discuss. I know that points of view on this are one way or the other.
• United States
7 May 08
I had read somewhere that you can actually buy sneakers that have a GPS type chip in them. I'm really torn on microchipping kids. Yes, it would be a God send if your child was lost or kidnapped, but I fear that it would turn into a spying/tracking mechanism as the child grew older. As much as it stinks, we do have to let our kids experience the world without hovering over their shoulders all the time.
@ebsharer (5517)
• United States
8 May 08
You sound like my husband! He said the same thing (In man words of couse lol) I agree that if it is used correctly which to me would be for emergency only then it would be great to have but if used to "hover" then no its not a good idea.
@ebsharer (5517)
• United States
8 May 08
PS - I love Dale Jr too and Johnson is okay in my book! Welcome to MyLot!
@LC2002 (1)
• United States
8 Oct 08
If it uses GPS technology (not RF technology, which has limited efficiency) then I would put a microchip in my children. I would not use it to keep track of them on a daily basis, but rather, if they went missing I would use it to find out where they are. Once they turn 18, they can have it removed. Obviously, the pros would be: -the ability to find missing and/or abducted children -better than other non-microchip GPS devices which has to be worn or carried, since abductors can remove those items from the child The cons may include: -long term health side effects, such as risking tumor growth at the implant site (need further research) -misuse leading to privacy invasion Due to all the child abduction risks, I think the pros still outweigh the cons. If this technology was made available, I will not think twice about using it.
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@ebsharer (5517)
• United States
9 Oct 08
Good response!!
@angelface23 (2498)
• United States
17 Jul 08
I think it might be a good thing especially since all you hear about on the news is missing kids and kids being kidnapped. The suspect probably wouldn't know that your child had the chip so it could potentially save a life. I am sure that the company that tracks it isn't going to snoop on where you are. It could also be good if your child ever runs away like some kids do when they are mad at their parents. I think everyone should have one.
@ebsharer (5517)
• United States
17 Jul 08
I don't know that I would do it to my child. I do think it would be a good idea in a way but at the same time I can see some parents would abuse the privilage.
@redkathy (3375)
• United States
17 Jul 08
I don't think so. My youngest was a escape artist and I managed to keep up with him! We lost him once at the state fair. HOW SCARY THAT WAS!!! That never happened again. We adjusted accordingly... We never let him out of view. I think microchips in kids is a bit paranoid. Parents need to know their kids and do what is necessary to keep with them, even after they are 18. An added not e- I saw on the news the other day a story about microchips and dogs. The chips are not GPS enabled so someone has to FIND YOUR DOG and then have the dog scanned to find the owner. If you dog is lost in the woods the microchip is of no value.
@ebsharer (5517)
• United States
17 Jul 08
Yeah I heard that too after I started the discussion. I guess if it was some thing like this I would do not saying it is but if I were to it would have to be one where I could find the child the actual GPS not a microchip - which I now know are 2 different things.
• United States
17 Jul 08
This is not needed. First..who knows the long term medical effects on a child of having electronics in them? NO ONE. Second..if the child wants this and is first given ALL pros and cons..after they are an adult, then it is their place to choose this. We are not talking about vaccinations here. And even there..it is the parent's right to allow them to be given or oobject to having chemicals like that in their child. Nope..I would not have my child get a micro chip in the, If an emergency happens, they cary their next of kin cards wiht the phone numbers, so I could make medical choices and inform MD's of any medical issues. We have a phone. THEY CAN CALL.
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@ebsharer (5517)
• United States
17 Jul 08
Okay this would be a parents choice becuase the KID would be a KID hence the dicussion "would you microchip your CHILD'. If your child was kidnapped they wouldn't really be able to CALL you would they? That the biggest PRO to doing some thing like this. Its not about medical informaion being on your mirco chip its about if your child was kidnapped or run away from home you could TRACK them. I'm not saying I would or wouldn't do it BUT I am saying I would THINK about it and weigh the pros and cons.
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@Jemina (5783)
6 May 08
Maybe not. If the child finds out, they may be all the more rebellious that they are spied on. Well, if it's for security reason then I would have to ask my child if s/he agrees. It s/he feels comfortable with it then we'll go on.
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@ebsharer (5517)
• United States
6 May 08
IF I were to do it - it would be at birth so they wouldn't have a choice in it. I am NOT saying if I would or would not do it, only if I were to this is what would happen.
3 May 08
it would be really cool idea to put a micro chip in a baby.it would work almost like a robot and computer brains which everyone wants.then it would be a change in our worlds history......
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@ebsharer (5517)
• United States
6 May 08
I don't think a mircochip would make your brain function differently but it would give parents the knowledge of knowing where there kids are.
@kezabelle (2985)
2 May 08
I dont think I would no, maybe while they were little while they were learning about strangers and its easy for them to walk off, but as teenagers no they deserve an amount of privacy and trust setting out as a teenager thinking your parents dont trust you isnt in my opinion a healthy thing for a child to think it definatley doesnt give them chances to show they can be trusted.
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@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
2 May 08
Well lets see a microchip has brought home many pets to reunite with their owners so I guess it could work great with children too. If a child was abducted or wandered off the police would be able to locate them easily BUT what if they kidnappers cut out the microchip from your child that would be torture so that would be a con. I think children with disabliites that wonder off like the poster above with the autistic child it would be wonderful for though. So it would be a tough decision to make.
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@ebsharer (5517)
• United States
2 May 08
If it was some thing done early in life you wouldn't have to even tell the child it was there. Or you could teach them once they were to the age of understanding what it is not to tell any one they have it.
• United States
2 May 08
In my 9 year old autistic son, in a heartbeat. He has the amazing ability to wander off and get halfway across a store in the time it takes me to bend down and take something from the bottom shelf. And if a stranger ever approached him and offered him candy or a toy to go somewhere, he wouldn't think twice about going with them.
@ebsharer (5517)
• United States
2 May 08
I'm sure there are many moms like you with wondering kids that would like some thing like this.
@foxygirle (377)
• Philippines
3 May 08
Yes I would love that. It will lessen the worries of parents especially once your child get lost, worst gets kidnapped. You can easily tracked them down and it will eliminate those sleepless nights that will make you have nightmares once your child gets lost. That will really be a very practical gadget. Privacy, your child should know that their not suppose to get lost or be with people that they should not be. Because they can be easily tracked and they can't removed the device anytime they want to.
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• United States
2 May 08
I dont think so, it just all seems like a creepy big brother thing that the government would try to make it like this is all the parents idea so it is all good but then in some way in the future use it against them. Children need to know they are trusted, even in the face of danger, in cases of abduction, it would be great but as the poster earlier stated the abductors may find out about it and cut it out of them, thus causeing more torture. Just seems pretty creepy to me.
@jesbellaine (4156)
• Philippines
2 May 08
For me, it is okay as long as you still respect her/his privacy. I mean, I would love to use GPS for my kids someday so that I can check it incase they would not return my calls or if I am getting worried... I will only use the GPS once he failed to comply to call me at a certain hour or I can check it from time to time but it doesn't mean I will barge into him.
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• United States
2 May 08
I would totally do this. You can keep track of your child. If something happened, god forbid, you could locate the child. The medical history coudl be encoded too, so that fewer mistakes could be made (allergy medications). On the more humorous side, you can program which parents the child belongs to, so people at family reunions can just scan the kid. Also, you can program in the likes and dislikes in order to make birthday/holiday shopping easier. Privacy -- who cares? Children have very few privacy rights. It's not like it's a camera. It's a mere geo-locator, with some other info added.
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• United States
8 Jul 10
absolutely yes! too many babies and kids and even teens/adults are kidnapped...it could be monitored to be used only in emergency situations by the police in case of potential harm. it could even be input with allergy or medical alert info for natural disasters or for soldiers...