Safer, smarter parenting
Parenting involves time, care, lots of love, and sometimes even a little ingenuity here and there. It also involves a community; as the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. Here, we found an article about the local police and their suggestion to help out some distraught parents in their neighborhood .
Every parent knows that horrible feeling – you’re out and about at a store, park, or wherever, and you look around expecting to see your child – but you don’t see him or her right away. Your breath is immediately taken away, your heart stops and jumps up into your throat, and that fear takes hold with its firm, choking grip. Thankfully, it’s usually just a kid being a kid, wondering off without permission – who of us hasn’t done that to our own parents? In Fargo, ND (click here to see the article), there were two parents who were stricken with that same panic several times as the parents of an autistic child, who had wandered off three times in the last month.
Knowing their predicament (and probably after helping them search a few times), the local police offered a great idea – keep a protective eye on him with a GPS tracking device. Apparently, local police forces have made this same recommendations to other families; Lieutenant Joel Vettel with Fargo Police says it’s a growing concern. As Alex Malmaa, a local resident said, “It will make it easier to go find them and make sure that they’re safe and their well-being is looked after.”
As technology improves, we are able to provide so much more security for our children than ever before. The benefits of a GPS tracking device to parents of special needs children are obvious, but they’re not the only ones who can stand to benefit from these devices. Whether our children walk home from school alone, or our teenagers borrow the car for the evening, parents everywhere can now, thanks to technology like this, know that their children are safe, sound, and where they’re supposed to be.