Your parents might know your classes, your friends, and maybe even what you had for breakfast this morning. But should they also know where you are at all times?
Many tracking apps, such as Life360 and TeenSafe, let parents do just that. The apps use GPS technology to pinpoint kids’ locations through their phones or other digital devices. That means a parent could follow your movements in real time, watching as you—a dot on a digital map—ride the bus to school or walk home from soccer practice.
Some apps will sound an alarm if teens leave a predetermined area. Others go even further—letting parents review every text, email, and social media post you type.
Parents have every right to track their kids, according to some people. They say tracking apps can offer adults peace of mind that teens are safe and where they’re supposed to be.
Other people, however, say that teens need to learn how to be independent—something they can’t do if their parents are constantly monitoring them. Plus, critics argue, tracking apps can undermine trust between parents and their kids.
Should your parents be able to track your location? Two experts weigh in.