Big Mother Is Watching

Source: Reason
by Lenore Skenazy

“What does it mean to grow up under constant parental surveillance? Devices like Verizon’s GizmoWatch are used to track young kids at an age long before they’d carry a phone. The parents get an alarm if the child ventures beyond the ‘geofence’ they have set, at which point they can call and say, ‘I see where you are!’ Apps like Life360 do the same thing for older kids with smartphones, ‘allowing you to make sure they’re safe at all times,’ as an app reviewer explained on YouTube. If that sounds uncontroversial, even calming, pause for a moment to think about your own childhood. Do you wish your parents had been able to know where you were at all times? Would it have changed your childhood if they had?” (01/22)