GPS beacon, cell phone: how mothers track their children

GPS beacon, cell phone: how mothers track their children

Jean Chambry, child psychiatrist, believes that these technologies should be used as little as possible.

For parents, it’s time for surveillance. Many of them track their offspring using cell phones. A France 2 team has met some.

When Mathilde, nine, leaves the house, it is with a small GPS tag, hanging from the pants. “It helps me to walk alone”, explains the young girl. Thanks to the device, the mother of the child can follow it remotely, in real time. “I see that at 1:27 pm Mathilde left the house”, reports this mother. “It’s a real tranquility”, launches mom. But this tranquility comes at a price: 99 euros for a six-month subscription.

Use as little as possible

Vanina, Madeline’s mother, has access to the contents of her daughter’s phone. “There I see there was a factual SMS at 8:36 am… at 8:36 am it was supposed to be in progress. It’s a discussion that I will be able to have with her ”, emphasizes the mother.

As long as her mother agrees not to read her messages, the little girl accepts this parental supervision quite well. “It’s to protect me”, she says. But Jean Chambry, a child psychiatrist, believes that these technologies should be used as little as possible. According to him, “This type of tool could suggest that the environment is extremely dangerous, which will cause anxiety in the child”.