Stores use sonic sounds to chase away children

Filed under: Teens, In The News, Weird But True

When I first read this story, I thought it was a joke. The very idea that there are high-frequency sounds that children care hear that adults cannot is news to me. But apparently it is true, and some shops in London are using that sound to drive misbehaving kids away from their stores.
The device is called a 'Mosquito' and it emits a high-frequency sound that will drive kids crazy with annoyance, but cannot even be heard by most people over the age of 20. Basically, if you've got a bunch of teens hanging out in front of your shop, driving away business, you can scatter them like rats with this device.

Al Aynsley-Green, England's Commissioner for Children, has initiated a campaign to get rid of the devices.
"I'm very concerned about what I see to be an emerging gap between the young and the old, the fears, the intolerance, even the hatred, of the older generation toward the young."

Shami Chakrabarti, director of the civil rights group Liberty, agrees that the devices should not be used in this way. "Imagine the outcry if a device was introduced that caused blanket discomfort to people of one race or gender, rather than to our kids," Chakrabarti said. "The 'Mosquito' has no place in a country that values its children and seeks to instill them with dignity and respect."

The inventor of the device, Howard Stapleton, is clearly worried about losing business and is willing to do whatever necessary to make sure shopkeepers can still use them, including introducing a contract stipulating how the 'Mosquito' can be used. "People talk about infringing human rights but what about the human rights of the shopkeeper who is seeing his business collapse because groups of unruly teenagers are driving away his customers?" he asks.

I have a similar device that I put in my kitchen years ago when we were having a problem with field mice getting in the house. I haven't seen a mouse since, but now I am wondering who else might be hearing this noise. Can Ellie hear it? What about the dog?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.