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  • 1.  Air tags, locators on child

    Posted 27 days ago

    Hesci (Hello) All!

    I was reading on another forum and I am curious to see everyone's response here. What are your thoughts on your students having air tags, GPS, locator devices, etc ?

    hvtvmcehecvres (until we meet again),

    Brent Spears
    Lead Teacher
    Bright Horizons @MPTN CDC
    TIECN HELLO Facilitator
    Mystic, CT

  • 2.  RE: Air tags, locators on child

    Posted 24 days ago

    Hi, Brent:

    I would be glad to give you input on missing child matters (based on categories and their statistical realities). While I can't speak to the issue of early educator/edu-carer privacy policies, I can certainly clarify whether locator technologies are efficacious in preventing/resolving instances.

    Our agency does provide training opportunities for staff and admin to understand legal parenting apart issues since parental abductions pose the common risk to the child and facility. Stranger abductions occur between 100-120 times per year in the US and approximately half of those children are returned, whereas there are between 1/4 to 1/2 million family abductions annually. These situations often involve child abuse and intimate partner violence and therefore the dynamics and risks should determine protocols.

    Hope this helps, but don't hesitate to reach out to me through email: 

    Shari Doherty
    Program Director
    Child Find of America, Inc.

  • 3.  RE: Air tags, locators on child

    Posted 23 days ago


    if the airtag or gps locator is a parent way to keep track of their individual child whereabout to guarantee safety especially for those who are being picked up by nannies or a third part , then it is an extension to health and safety on site as it does not violate the center or any other child privacy unless the program has a clear policy prohibiting parental use. However, if a teacher has a child attending a program and known as a flight risk decides to put a locator on a child without parent and program consent then that a problem as she would be invading child/parent privacy and rights. 
    Use of tech and locators should be added clearly to parents handbook and program protocols in our growing tech world use.

    Amira Mohamed
    Placer County Office Of Education

  • 4.  RE: Air tags, locators on child

    Posted 16 days ago

    Here is the thing about an AirTag, the range is only so far. I put them in my luggage and can find it at the airport. But if it isn't within range you have to ask others to help you find it. If someone abducts a child, or the child runs away, you have to reach out for help from other people with iphones. I'm not sure what situation this is being discussed for. The school should be secure so a child can't get out in the first place. Now, as a parent, I got my 10 year old an apple watch because she walks to an after school program. The program is not officially open before Labor Day or after Memorial Day so she is free to go to the park with her friends. The watch has it's own tracking and I can see where she is at all times, and contact her, versus an airtag where I can't see her if I'm not within range. So, for school use it's a no. For personal use, go with a watch. Save airtags for your personal items.

    Katherine Tollett
    MOLO Bilingual Montessori School