Should You Track Your Teen’s Location?

29damour-jumboSource: New York Times

By Lisa Damour

If you want to start a heated debate, ask a group of parents what they think about using technology to track a teenager’s location. Plenty of adults balk at the idea of remotely following an adolescent’s movements, while others question why any loving parent wouldn’t.

As the school year gets underway, parents who have just dropped their teenagers off on college campuses may be watching on apps like Life 360 as their freshly minted freshmen try to figure out the best route from dorm to dining hall.

Indeed, the ability to locate our children using GPS technology touches on some of the most loaded topics in all of parenting: questions of trust and safety, a young person’s right to privacy and autonomy, and the gut-wrenching truth that to be a parent is “to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”

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