Dr Mandie Shean, a child psychologist, said that if parents were out in a busy environment such as at a concert or Christmas shopping it was fine to use technology to track their children for their safety.
“It’s when it’s all the time because what happens is it replaces the child’s ability to follow your directions, to be responsible and if you put the tracker on them you are basically saying to them, ‘I know you can’t be responsible because I need to do this for you’,” Dr Shean said.
“Any technology is good, it’s just not a forever answer for them,” she said.
Dr Shean’s said parents should:
Tell their children they are using the watch or app to check in on them
Use it less if they show they are responsible
Do not let trackers replace good parenting
Talk to their kids about abuse and inappropriate pictures
If they encounter either, ask them how they would feel, what would happen as a consequence and how they would respond.