What If You Could Watch Your Child Every Single Second?

Filed under: Health & Safety: Toddlers & Preschoolers, Health & Safety: Big Kids, Health & Safety: Tweens

What kind of safety device would a completely crazy parent dream up for her kindergartener?

How about a little thing you could strap on the kid's chest -- one part under his shirt, one part over? The part on the outside would look like a mini wallet. It'd have a camera and a GPS in it. That way it could pinpoint where the kid is at any moment, and snap pictures of whatever he's looking at. Or at least whatever his chest is facing. Throughout the day you'd get photos of the classroom, the playground, the bottom of the kid above him on the jungle gym. (Uh -- delete that pretty quickly.)

But that's not really enough, right? I mean, if you only get a photo say, every half hour, what if your child is in serious trouble just five minutes after the last update? You wouldn't know until it was too late! That's why you'd want another little part of the device under his shirt, monitoring his pulse. If his heart started beating harder than usual, the outside device could immediately snap an extra picture and send you an alert. Then you could check to see if he's being kidnapped or perhaps playing a game of tag. Either way, it's good to know, right?

And now you can.

A team of technicians from Japan's University of Tsukuba has developed exactly that device, and they're already testing it on 10 compliant children, ages 2 to 6. The next iteration will include a small microphone, so parents can listen in to their kids' conversation. It will also record and store the chatter. So sometime soon, parents will be able to see, hear, locate and pulse-check their children any time of the day.

Which is sort of where I expected society would be heading.

Remember when I wrote about a mom who let her 5-year-old wait in the children's room while she went upstairs to check out a book? "That mom was crazy!" screamed the comments. "Anything could have happened."

Ah, but if she'd strapped this new gizmo on her kid, maybe the commenters would have cut her a break. After all, she'd still be hovering for those three minutes she was out of the room.

When and if these devices become routine, parents will spend a good portion of their day remotely checking for predators and bullies. Kids will feel naked and scared without their "invisible" protectors. And the only thing lost will be the ability to think about anything except danger. All. The. Time.

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