Question of the week: Should parents trace the whereabouts of their children through the Global Positioning System (GPS) installed in mobile phones?

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 May, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 May, 2008, 12:00am

Nima Tamang, 14, St Margaret's Co-Ed English Secondary and Primary School

I don't think that would be necessary because teenagers need their privacy. Some of them might be out on a date and I don't think parents should ruin that moment. Our parents should trust us. I also think that children would know what safety precautions to take when they are out on the streets. The GPS might cause more trouble because the children could get mad at their parents and just throw away their mobile phones. So I think it is better not to use the GPS.

Iris Yau Kit-yu, 17, Hang Seng School of Commerce

In my opinion, it is not appropriate for parents to trace the whereabouts of their children through the GPS installed in mobile phones. Firstly, the GPS is not designed for this purpose. It is used in an emergency. Besides, if parents want to know where their children are, they should ask them directly instead of using the GPS. Otherwise, the children will think that they are not being trusted and there will be bad feelings towards their parents. Hence, this is definitely not the proper way to find out where the children are.

Faristha Fathima, 14, St Margaret's Co-Ed English Secondary and Primary School

I don't think it is right for parents to trace the whereabouts of their children. Parents should trust their children no matter what. It is better not to let them go out rather than check their whereabouts. Children should win their parents' trust. They should obey their parents and not act in a way that may arouse their suspicions. Parents should also teach their children how to behave outside and tell them what is good and what is bad. Then there will be no more worries for parents.

Jansico Chu Man-fai, 17, Queen's College

Definitely not! This is because children should have their privacy and it is absolute nonsense to trace the whereabouts of anybody. Trust should be developed among parents and their children, or their relationship would become worse. There is no doubt the GPS can help parents keep track of their children. But would they like it? This would only show that there is a lack of communication and trust between parents and their children and put their relationship in danger.

Beverly Yau Hong-yin, 17, Hang Seng School of Commerce

I oppose the use of GPS under normal circumstances. If the child is too small to be alone outside, then his parents should not let him go out. The GPS can help parents check the whereabouts of their children, but this deprives them of their privacy. Without their children's consent, parents should not use the GPS to track their whereabouts. This would only harm the relationship between the two parties.