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MASON CITY, IA – It seems almost everyone has a cell phone these days, even children. Many parents are giving the kids the phones, to keep track of them, and now a new app for smart phones is taking that idea one step further.
John Swinton’s kids are older now, but back when they first started using cell phones he wishes there was an app like this around.
“Wanting to find where the kids were, know with whom they were with would put a parent much more at ease of mind,”explains Swinton.
He’s referring to a new app available for US Cellular customers, that allows parents to track their children’s cell phone usage.
Everything from who they’re calling to whose calling them… it even has GPS tracking so parents know exactly where their kids are, and it’s all just one finger click away.
“Especially with summer rolling around, kids are out of school, they’re out playing and this way parents can say, “Hey what’s up, what’s going on and where are you””?
But critics of the app say that it’s an invasion of privacy. However law enforcement officials say that it’s a parent’s responsibility to know where their children are.”
“It’s not like they’re listening in on conversations; they’re simply trying to keep track of where their children are and who they are speaking with,” says Clear Lake Police Chief, Greg Peterson.
He says kids and young adults these days are more mobile than ever before, which is why this app may come in handy for parents.
“They’re a lot more likely to be involved in going places, seeing people that their parents are unfamiliar with then they were years ago,” adds Peterson.
It’s a sign of the times, and a reminder as to just how much technology has shaped the way we live.
“I remember when I was a youngster, my mother had to call around to my friends to find where I was, and now that doesn’t have to happen,” says Swinton.
The app is free for US Cellular customers, but there are other similar apps for different cell phone carriers out there on the market.