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Backpack Trackers

Posted January 24, 2019 10:00 AM by Reese

I recently had a conversation with a colleague who uses a backpack tracker for her first grader. The conversation came up because we were meeting when her child was leaving school to get on the bus. She received notifications on her smartphone when her daughter left school grounds, and then again when she got home. Their school district is the second largest in the state with more than 4,000 elementary students, so I can certainly understand her desire to know her six-year-old safely leaves school and returns home at her usual times.

My curiosity piqued, I did a little research and found that there are many options available for those interested in using this technology. I saw one that seemed especially advantageous for those parents who have children with special needs. It’s certainly the most expensive of the bunch and has high monthly fees for monitoring services. But it offers features far beyond regular trackers that could prove priceless to special needs parents should their child become lost.

My son attends a smaller school district very close to our home and isn’t a special needs student, so I don’t personally use this tech. However, I totally appreciate its worth for those who do. I can also understand usefulness beyond elementary and special needs students for those toddlers who tend to run off unexpectedly at high rates of speed. I do think it would be prudent to use caution employing a backpack tracker for children past their toddler and elementary years. Older children may view this technology very differently than the younger set.

Since I’m not touting any specific device, “child backpack tracker” is what I used for my Google search if you’d like to research one for a child in your family.

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01/24/2019 8:04 PM

Technology has come so for and the applications are amazing... they have trackers for tools also, as well as other items.

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01/24/2019 10:27 PM

This only adds to the problem of health issues due to high frequency EMF exposure.

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01/25/2019 5:17 AM

That's scaremongering. You show me a decent paper in a reputable scientific journal and I'll believe you. NB Google search is not a reputable scientific journal.

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01/25/2019 4:21 PM

With company sponsored research where researchers tend to report what the company who paid for the research wants to hear, it is difficult to obtain objective information. See information presented at the links below:

https://www.slt.co/Education/News/Images/RadioFrequencyResearch.jpg

https://www.arpansa.gov.au/sites/default/files/legacy/pubs/rps/rps3_hocking.pdf

http://www.bioinitiative.org/report/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/BioInitiativeReport-RF-Color-Charts.pdf

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/09/03/electromagnetic-fields-harmful-effects.aspx

https://microwavenews.com/

https://en.geovital.com/research/

https://magdahavas.com/international-experts-perspective-on-the-health-effects-of-electromagnetic-fields-emf-and-electromagnetic-radiation-emr/

https://www.powerwatch.org.uk/science/studies.asp

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0386111214600698

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ab/2014/198609/

http://ieee-emf.com/viewstudy.cfm?ID=185

https://n8state.com/?p=492

http://www.emfnews.org/UW-Scientist-Henry-Lai-Makes-Waves-in-the-Cell-Phone-Industry.html

http://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/emerging/docs/emf_7.pdf

https://www.emfacts.com/2005/03/35/

http://www.norad4u.com/knowledge/studies

https://takebackyourpower.net/5-us-government-agencies-have-tried-to-warn-us-about-wireless-harm/

That is perhaps enough links. I do not need any scientific research to determine that Wi-Fis and other devices that produce EMFs at similar frequencies are detrimental to my health because of how being in the presence of the devices negatively impact my health---which a medical doctor concurs with. Some people and children's sleeping ability are significantly negatively affected by high frequency EMF. If the source of EMF is turned off, then they sleep better.

A big problem with some people is that they tend to have preconceived ideas---are not open minded and cannot believe that these things are true---therefore they must be false when when evidence otherwise is given.

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01/25/2019 4:41 PM

You mean like climate change? asking for a friend.

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01/25/2019 6:17 AM

There's always one, Doom & gloom were all gonna die.

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01/25/2019 7:36 AM

Well, he's right. We are all gonna die.

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01/25/2019 7:38 AM

I don’t know what you would call this,...an oxymoron maybe,... but as our lifespan increases,... they are going to find reasons why things are hazardous to ones health.

“So,... What did Jim die from?”

”Old age I guess”

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01/25/2019 9:26 AM

There have been a couple cases in the news recently of autistic children wandering off and freezing to death or drowning. Using one of these devices could have saved their lives.

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01/25/2019 10:00 AM

AS our "civilization" becomes less civilized we must use the tools available to do the job of parenting.

When I was 6 I walked to school. 12 blocks. Those are standard town built in the 1800's Illinois blocks.

We had trackers back then. You see, moms didn't work, they watched the kids go to and come from school. They knew you. They knew your parents. If you didn't pass by they would call your mom. We also had fewer predators in our communities because everyone knew everyone and there were "social" controls at work in our communities that kept those with certain urges on their toes. However, as the Catholic church proved, even those social controls can be thwarted by an organized and concerted effort to conceal. Imagine how many of those children would have been saved if a panic button device was available? As well as few pervs wanting to risk it knowing the kid might have one. Still as our society grows and regresses, this sort of technological safety net will become more important.

I would definitely put one on a small child if I were going to a major city as a tourist or even to a Disneyworld type of place.

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01/25/2019 11:20 AM

"AS our "civilization" becomes less civilized"

I question that - I believe the world has come a long way. Child labor in most of the western world is non-existent. I believe we have entered the age of the child where the child is worshiped.

I see even my daughter worried her children will be kidnapped - but the statistics for someone kidnapping an unrelated child is extremely rare. Custody battles are the usual kidnappings.

My grandchildren are raised in a very restricted controlled environment. I used to walk to school even at the K level. We played as a group unsupervised in the local woods and parks. Now the parents wait in their cars in great cues picking up and dropping off the children at school - even for one or two blocks.

Kids have cell phones and (trackers) and are doted on - yet child obesity is on the rise and we are told to have then exercise more.

One thing I am sure of - we live in a world where fear is mongered - it makes good press.

We now hear of "news worthy" stories from the corners of the world. 50 or 60 years ago we never heard of a bus accident continents away - now it makes headlines.

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01/25/2019 2:27 PM

Yeah, it is with much dismay that I see parents all crowded around the bus stop with their vehicles idling waiting to pick up their kids to drive them less than 2/10'ths of a mile back to their house.

In my day, if a parent accompanied you to or from the bus stop, let alone drive you in their car, you were a serious wuss and could expect to get a healthy heaping of derision from your peers.

Horrors!! My parents let me ride my bicycle to elementary school 1.4 miles away when I was in the first grade. But I knew the shortcut on the trails through the woods.

But I could see limited application of this kind of device used with higher risk children, or seniors even. Especially high school seniors.

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01/25/2019 2:34 PM

And,... when getting off the bus,... and walking across the road... you look for on coming traffic,... usually traffic was already stopped for you,... and you either walked fast, or ran across so tryout d9nt keep everyone waiting...

now, kids getting off the bus and then slowing meander crossing the road, focus on their cell phones for very important text message, and eventually getting to the other side, but not before stumbling over the curb because they’re not paying attention.

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01/29/2019 6:18 AM

I started at the age of 11 cycling 3 1/2 miles to school, then after a couple of years, I roller-skated. I used to skate behind a bus to save the fare; when I told my dad he clipped me 'round the ear and said, "if you skate behind a taxi you'd save a lot more."

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01/29/2019 1:25 PM

Love your dad's sense of humor.

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01/25/2019 11:44 AM

AS our "civilization" becomes less civilized we must use the tools available to do the job of parenting.

Maybe that’s the reason we’re in this mess with substitute parenting... we let others take the responsibility that should be our own.

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01/25/2019 11:56 AM

I see this issue more as a predator/prey ratio issue. As I child, I was allowed to roam a lot with my friends. Such treatment is now considered neglectful parenting. A main difference I recall is that as a child, they didn't mess around with people who hurt children. They got dead or went away just about forever. These days we are kinder and gentler and play catch and release with offenders and the pure numbers of child hurters who are wandering around on their own recognizance is substantially increased as a percentage of the population. We've made our own utopia.

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01/25/2019 12:25 PM

My point exactly, J. Thanks.

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01/25/2019 1:30 PM

It was more then just letting you roam,... it’s a number of data points (so to speak) where what your parents experiences with you through displine, displaying common sense, and coming to the conclusion on being how far they could trust you.

And if you where a nor,al kid like the rest of us,... your parents had limits set you may not be aware of ... but they do trust you on their experience on your better judgement history.

With substitute parenting, this could never be achieved.

as far as people who hurt children, that has always been around in more ways than most want to admit because it conflicted their moral beliefs...

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01/25/2019 1:40 PM

I recall as a kid that we always were given a bolo paddle, the wooden paddle with the ball on the rubber string. When the string broke, mom collected the paddle to use for discipline. I learned to keep several rocks in my back pockets for times like those.

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01/25/2019 1:53 PM

Me...I never would have used that paddle board for fear of it being repurposed used against me... what I remember as a kid,...

no matter how fast you think you are with your dad letting you win all the races you had against him, or mom for that matter.... it doesn’t take long for one to realize one could never run fast enough to escape a good parent from their long arm of discipline... lol...

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01/25/2019 2:36 PM

Actually I always felt that the wait for the punishment was worse then the punishment itself.

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01/25/2019 2:48 PM

The biggest fear was what I would get when I got home.

In hindsight it was usually a discussion - just NEVER LIE ! That escalated things in a hurry.

(But today Trump vs honest Abe? Not a good role model.)

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01/25/2019 3:37 PM

This post and discussion reminds me of the black mirror episode Arkangel

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01/25/2019 5:45 PM

While I feel this, " tool " is perfect for the minority of kids who haven't quite figured out how to get out of the sandbox, the vast majority of kids can think outside of the box and can go between home and school.

Of course there will always be those mama boys and girls brought up to be sucking on the teats well into early adulthood.

On a personal note, if my parents had access to this device, I would of long ago ripped it out of my pack and chucked it over the nearest fence.

I did honor to my peeps by trying to be a good upstanding, responsible, self reliant, citizen.

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01/25/2019 6:08 PM

You mean, that you did what was expected of you. That used to be the norm.

What a novel concept.

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