Micorchiping your child?

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So, I saw this question on the welcome forum, and i did post, but I know it's just going to turn into a huge insult fest and thought I'd present the question to a community where I know it will be debated intelligently and in the nicest manner possible!



Would you microchip your child(ren)? If the technology was advanced to the point to be ready for humans (right now it's only been apporved for animals) would you use it?



My opinion is that yes, I would. In fact, I think I would be first in line. If there is ANYTHING I can do to prevent the "what ifs" of my children's safety I would do it without hesitation.



How do you all feel?

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Rosie - posted on 01/16/2010

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i think i would. my cat that i adopted from the shelter has a microchip, and if my cat was good enough to have one then i damn well better get one for my kids.
just think about all the missing children out there and how we could find them so easily if they were microchipped. jaycee dugard could've had a normal childhood and not have 2 children at the hands of her rapist and abductor if she were microchipped. fathers and mothers who kidnap their children from the other parent, there are so many reason i would do it. i don't really subscribe to conspiracy theories, too much of a headache for me.

Iris - posted on 01/03/2010

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I go back and forth on this one. I can understand wanting to do this to keep your children safe. But I wouldn't do it to my 10 y/o. She is exploring her independence and I would feel like violating and distrusting her. I keep track on her by knowing where she is and having her check in every hour. She knows to do so.
For my toddler, if it could be removed at any time I might consider it.

Dana - posted on 01/02/2010

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That's if you believe Revelations hasn't happened. Many believe it's an old story.

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It's in the book of Revelations - which is actually a crazy dream one of the apostles (I can't remember which one...) claimed was actually a vision from God about the last years of earth. It says there will be a rapture where all the "true" christians will be taken to heaven. Then all those left behind will have to endure 7 years of trials and horrors to witness the second coming of Christ and Armegeddon (Christ's war with the Anitchrist, who has ruled earth since the rapture and basically did to the new believers what Hitler did to the people he disagreed with).



I know, it sounds crazy... and it really kinda is... but there's a really good FICTIONAL book series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins about it - it's commonly called the "Left Behind Series" and Kirk Cameron actually made movies out of some of them (or all of them... I'm not too sure as I thought the first movie sucked, so I didn't watch the rest). It's a wonderful series with a lot of really deep spiritual stuff in it, but people need to remember that is is FICTION - NOT a telling of what is actually going to happen! My dad's a pastor and actually had people leave his church because he pointed that out - they were willing to take those books as an exact telling of what was to come after the rapture! It was crazy... After that, my dad led a pretty intense bible study about that whole book of the bible and, while I was unable to go (I had to work), I did help my dad prep every week and it is really interesting stuff... even if you don't believe the books really are very interesting and thought provoking - as well as super intense and suspensful at times!



I have to say ladies, reading this thread has made me rethink my original postition on this... I am not kind of up in the air and I think it would really depend upon the kind of technology that was in it (like if parents could activate a gps device in their kids only if the child goes missing or something like that) and I would want it removed when my children turn 18. As adults I would think they have the right to take it out if they wished... Other than that, I'm still kind of thinking about it... although I do not think comparing it to the events of Revelations is wise... now if it happens around 5-6 years after a mass rapture of the world (of which I would hope to be a part of) and it's spearheaded by an evil guy claiming to want to run the world, I would have to say no... :P

Kylie - posted on 01/02/2010

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yeah its in the last pages of the bible.. people numbered and tracked is a sign of the apocalypse or the end of the world..i remember that from my high school years so don't quote me:)

Dawn - posted on 01/01/2010

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Ok I'm going to throw this out here just cause it popped in my head when I read it. So don't get all mad at me. LOL. But wasn't there some thing in the bible, in the revelations part, about the whole chipping thing? LOL!

Keenan - posted on 12/24/2009

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I am def a protective "mama bear" over my son. And I will always be, just like any other loving parent. But I have to agree with Dana. Me personally, I dont think I could microchip my child. Like another woman mentioned, there are other ways to go about it. As a parent, you want to protect your child from harm most definelty. I would just look into other options. I still cant believe the things they have now a days as far as technology. Some of it is just crazy to me. .

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Sure I'd probably go with some other GPS tracking something other then putting it in your body, cuz the thought of that kinda creeps me out? Aside from that though...I don't see how putting a GPS on your kid equates being a negligent parent? I could see being a negligent dog owner? but your kids, especially as they get older, will be off at school, catching buses, hanging out w/friends, etc... doing shit kids do, and whereas I would love to have fostered that trusting relationship with my children that means they will tell me where they are every minute, I have 4 brothers and we had a call before you go anywhere rule and I was the ONLY ONE who EVER would ACTUALLY do this!!! So I trust that in the years to come I will have taught my children right, as they are 3 & 2mos., but that doesn't mean I wouldn't like some extra protection! And seriously, if I put something like this on my kid it wouldn't be something that would be kept secret from them, they'd know! It wouldn't be one day when they're some pissed off teenager, oh BTW I put a chip in you when you were about 5 so I could track you!!! I also wouldn't be using it to make sure they were at their friends house? Isn't that what people do with kids phones and them little tracking devices you put in your car so you can observe your teen? *shaking my head* ...

Anna - posted on 12/18/2009

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No way!! For one thing, I think it is abusive to the child to make a decision like that about their bodies.
Also, there is too much potential for abuse, in a political sense. The world's resources are getting more scarce. This is going to cause more wars, more oppressive governments, more corruption. I don't think it is paranoid to imagine a future where everyone is under constant surveillance by those in power.
Whenever an oppressive law or technology is introduced, they always use fear to sell it. Eg Americans gave up laws that protected their civil rights and privacy because of media-generated hysteria about those elusive 'weapons of mass destruction'.
There is a small, very unlikely chance that your child will get kidnapped. There is a very likely chance that your government (and the people who control them) will try to control and exploit you - that happens all the time.

JL - posted on 12/18/2009

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I would not have the relationship I have now with my mom...which is amazing if I found out as a teen I had a tracker placed in me. I would have felt violated..sorry but it is the same as my mom saying to me that she drove around secretly following me around everywhere I was. I would feel odd about that. I feel like I am anal retentive enough about how much freedom I give my oldest I don't want to go overboard and make her and me paraniod.

Charlie - posted on 12/18/2009

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You know if i was a teen and my mum told me she had placed a tracker on me i would honestly have a few trust issues with her .

Jackie - posted on 12/18/2009

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Chips in animals don't track them first off. Its just like a bar code they scan when they are found to figure out who was the irresponsible pet owner so they can return the pet and fine them.



As for GPS tracking on a child... are you insane?!?! A little known truth about pediphiles.. they know your children. They know you. They are close to your family and have been busy grooming you for a while. They didn't just target your child; they targetted your family by watching you and knowing they will be able to get to your child.



The likelihood your child will go missing by a stranger is next to nil. So infact while you are trying to protect your child from something that more then likely won't happen... you are opening them up for something that very possiblely can happen. You are making your child easier to track so the ped will know if they are an "at risk child". They will also know how to get into your childs life and yours just by tracking what your child does in a day.



I can understand using this on a child say with autism or some other disablity that makes it easy for them to wonder and get lost. I mean we put medical alert bracelets on them. And yes that kid out east could have been saved with GPS tracking. But there are other ways to put this on a child. In their shoes, a watch, in a coat and so forth and this technology is already available.

Charlie - posted on 12/18/2009

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Quoting Erin:

I would allow my children to be chipped, hell I'd chip myself for all I care! Seriously people we can all be monitored & watched now if someone wanted 2!!!


Yes but you would have to be known first to be "watched " chipping would require people are placed on a registary making it easy to look up names , ages , home address , phone numbers ect .



 



You would allow easier access to your child , for ALL ??

Charlie - posted on 12/18/2009

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So we ( the parents ) and everyone else in the world with a computer can access the whereabouts of my child , im sure IT savvy pedophiles would LOVE that !!

People with IT smarts can and will hack anything !!

Nope not for my child , a normal trusting relationship will be all we need .

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I would allow my children to be chipped, hell I'd chip myself for all I care! Seriously people we can all be monitored & watched now if someone wanted 2!!!

Evelyn - posted on 12/18/2009

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YES YES YES 100% YES. As long as it was safe and not detrimental to her health and could be removed after she is an adult.....YES.

Mary - posted on 12/18/2009

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Like a few of you, I'm of a mixed mind on this. The line between protecting her and the potential for misuse and abuse of this technology is a bit fuzzy to me. I'd love to think that I'll never lose sight of her in a crowd, or I'll always be able to prevent someone from snatching her by sheer vigilance,responsibility and good parenting. BUT...I'm sure there are a lot of wonderful, caring parents out there who thought that as well, and do not know where their child is today. I suspect that if we asked, many of them would fervently wish that they had been able to microchip their baby before they went missing.



I also have a rather odd thought that rattles around in my head when it comes to this:

Both of my dogs are rescues, and one of them was a stray found trotting along the road.

The shelter I volunteer at microchips ALL it's dogs before they are adopted out.

My question is this...if both my dogs have chips, so they they can be identified if lost, or (my husband's fondest wish) stolen, and my daughter is not - does this mean that I have actually done more to protect them than her?

JL - posted on 12/18/2009

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I don't know. I just think of the negative ways it could be used and that worries me. Hacking into technology...GPS systems happens and let some pervert with the ability to do that use it to track down your child, or use it to think your child is somewhere they or not, or what about an abusive and angry parent misusing it.



Then of course I think about the fine lines...where does it end..... do we first start with our children under the assumption it is for their protection and then we later become convinced that teens should have them and young adults because college students go missing and are murdered as well. Then the next thing you know all adults are required to have them and everyone is being tracked. No thanks. I value my privacy and I will just continue to keep my children strapped to me watching them like a hawk.

Sara - posted on 12/18/2009

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I have to say I'm up in the air about this as well. There's a part of me who would take comfort knowing that my child could be found if they were ever lost or taken, but there's another part of me that thinks it's just huge invasion of privacy...but, if I'm being honest with myself, I would probably have it done if it was available...it's like fingerprinting your child...on the one hand, they'll be put into a database, on the other hand, it may help to find them if they ever need to be found...

Krista - posted on 12/18/2009

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Quoting Laura:

Not for a million dollars. For those of you who don't know...I am a closet conspiracy theorist. (Possibly the only sane one out there)...I see far more ways for this technology to be used in negative ways that positive ones. I guess my secret's out eh? LOL


That's okay -- I'll share some of my crafting tips for tinfoil hats. I'm currently working on a fedora. ; ) 

Isobel - posted on 12/18/2009

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Not for a million dollars. For those of you who don't know...I am a closet conspiracy theorist. (Possibly the only sane one out there)...I see far more ways for this technology to be used in negative ways that positive ones. I guess my secret's out eh? LOL

Amie - posted on 12/17/2009

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I don't know. I can see and understand both sides of this debate. For me though I just can't really say what I would do. I do my very best as it is now to protect my children.

However this seems to border on invasion of privacy. Even with everything I do to protect my children I still want them to have their privacy. It's not as big of a deal when they are small, since I know where they are at all times. When they are teenagers though I would like to be able to trust in my parenting capabilities and reassure myself that they will not be doing anything wrong. That I don't need that to keep an eye on them.

On the other hand I can see how it would be beneficial in case one of my children were ever taken or went missing. Like the little boy in Nova Scotia? Newfoundland? Out East anyway... he went missing. He was autistic and followed his dog into the woods. It took them 2 days to find him and it was too late. He died in the hospital. =( Something like that makes me worry but then again my children are not autistic.

Ugh... I just don't know.

Krista - posted on 12/17/2009

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I'm conflicted about it. One part of me thinks it would be incredibly valuable if they ever (FSM forbid) went missing. On the other hand, the tinfoil-hat wearing part of me doesn't like the idea of the powers that be being able to track our every move.



I think I would get it done, but only if it could be removed later once my kid is grown, if he so wishes.

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