Swedish Daycare Tests GPS Tracking Devices for Kids

GPS tracking device for children, Purple Scout, Malmoe, Sweden, Kids safety


A parent’s worst fear is having their children go missing. A daycare in Sweden is conducting an experiment to alleviate this fear- by placing GPS tracking devices on kids while they are outside of the confines of the nursery walls. The transmitters will report to a synced mobile phone, alarming teachers if a child moves out of a certain distance.

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GPS tracking device for children, Purple Scout, Malmoe, Sweden, Kids safety

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The tracking devices clip easily to reflective vests that the children of the Malmoe daycare wear when outside of the school.  The daycare watches over 36 children, aged one to six years old. Ten of the children will sport the GPS tracking devices for one week.

Karin Werholt, the school’s headmaster, will monitor the usefulness of the system, provided by the company Purple Scout. The devices are a little clunky, so Werholt will keep track of  any interference with the children’s play. The system is not in anyway meant to replace teachers or aids, but to simply enhance their watchful eyes and increase safety. Although it cannot prevent a child from running off, it can provide an alert to chaperones, who are outnumbered by their students.

The Malmoe School did not indicate whether they would purchase the system from Purple Scout, should the week of experimentation go well. Some may argue that the system is similar to those used to track criminals, but it is a small concern in keeping our kids safe.

Via PhysOrg

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2 Responses to “Swedish Daycare Tests GPS Tracking Devices for Kids”

  1. Cellar says:

    You know, it’s not the technology. I see this as an application that might be useful in some circumstances. It should also be noted that it’s horribly complex and prone to as-of-yet ill-understood security implications. (Can you name them? Every time you think “but they’ll have thought of that, won’t they?”, think again. Even if they have, there’ll be holes in it, but first, what proof do you have they did think of it?)

    But beyond that, it’s all too easy to become dependent on a system far more complex than the average child minder would care to contemplate (nevermind understand or be able to assess when it’ll work in what circumstances it can fail), causing them to grow complacent. And then something happens while something’s batteries have run out so the system couldn’t save the kid, and then what?

    Beyond that it’s part of the “culture of fear”. I mean really now, eyesearing jackets, want the kids to go blind or something? They need to grow up somehow, somewhen, you know. Will you let them, or will you stick to coddling them for their own safety? Have you thought about that?

    “Because we can” is never a good reason. Good intentions alone are never good enough. The price for our powerful technology is that we need to choose wisely what we do with it, or it will rule us instead. Give me a cogent argument either way and we can talk.

  2. EJANISON says:

    As long as the children are not forced to wear tthe devices when not under the direct custody of the daycare center.

    Ed Janison
    Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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