“I have 5 teenage daughters, and I learned the hard way – it’s difficult to talk to any person under the age of 25 without the presence of a cell phone. Marc Ostrofsky”
The quotation by Marc Ostrofsky mentioned above epitomises both the frustration and the reality of the Millennial generation. It’s easy to get irritated with teenagers because they always have their eyes glued to a mobile device. However, cell phones do not have to solely be a negative part of a teen’s life where we, as parents or responsible adults, feel the need to scream at them every time we see them on their phones. In fact, there are many advantages to accepting the fact that our children are attached to their mobile phones.
One of the biggest benefits of the fact that our kids’ cell phones is a permanent extension of their bodies is that we can keep track of them, what they are up to, and who they are messaging any given time. How? Well, simply stated, there is this nifty little tool which can be installed on their phones, which enables us, as parents to keep track of their physical location at all times.
Our kids might object to having phone tracking software on their phones; however, the advantages far outweigh the teenage temper tantrums that might be thrown because they have to suffer the indignity of being watched all the time. The fact of the matter is that the world is a different place today, and it is better to keep track of our kids’ cell phone usage and location so that we can intervene in case of an emergency.
Tracking a cell phone: A case study
Possibly the best way to explain one of the superb benefits of allowing our kids to have their own mobile phones, is to cite a recent example where a mobile phone saved a young man’s life.
I am the parent of a young man who is a keen mountain biker and trail runner. His favourite activity is running or cycling long distances over mountainous terrain. He’s safety conscious, always keeps his phone on him and does not take unreasonable risks. However, a couple of weeks ago, he went out to cycle and didn’t come back. He had told me the general route he was going to take but not the specific directions. I won’t go into the dramatics of the story (I am a mother, I worry by default). However, suffice to say, because I know he has a GPS phone tracker on his phone, it was a simple matter to log into the GPS tracking app’s management console, find his whereabouts, and send the rescue crew out to his location and pick him up.
There is no doubt that the GPS phone tracker on my young man’s phone saved his life that day. Finally, this case study is just one example where technology facilitated the happy ending to a potentially disastrous story. There will no doubt be lots more technology-based happy endings in the life of an extreme, trail runner and mountain biker.