by Grace aka costofcollege
We have an open thread today, with a side conversation about tracking apps.
What do you all think of tracking apps? I’ve seen kids and parents go to both extremes. Some kids are nonchalant about the use of this technology, finding nothing offensive about having parents know every move they make. Others are fiercely resistant about their privacy and want none of it.
One mother I know wanted to use a tracking app for the times when her 19-year old daughter was taking public transportation late at night after work. Her daughter was against it, and they compromised with agreeing to regular texting from the daughter. On the other hand, another mother and her twenty-something daughter seem to know each other’s every move by using Find My Friends. Young people I know use that app to keep track of each other.
Do you or will you use a tracking app with your high school or college kids? What about with younger kids? Do you think it’s helicoptering, or just a common sense safety measure?