As more schools come around to the idea of using GPS trackers to monitor pupils whereabouts and the equipment they can't afford to replace, it is only natural that some parents and teachers may have concerns about associated issues like data security and privacy. There may also be families with religious objections who have yet to be convinced of the benefits of personal tracking.
Do the benefits of GPS Trackers outweigh the risks?
However, a growing number of schools, associated organisations and parents insist that the issue of child safety should override any other concerns. There have in the past, as there continues to be, instances where children have gone missing or been deliberately abducted from school premises or during school outings. Some of these have involved children having accidents and carers or parents have been unable to locate them, while in more sinister circumstances children have been unlawfully taken away by estranged parents or, in the worst cases, by strangers intent on doing harm. In the United States there have been several high profile cases of children having been abducted after getting off a school bus. Probably as a result of this, and in an effort to make sure it doesn't happen again, some school buses in North America are now fitted with real-time GPS tracking. Relying on a combination of smartphone technology (for the tracker app), GPS and digital maps, it allows parents to instantly locate the bus's position to know exactly where their child is. The fact that this technology is becoming so widespread is a reflection both in parents confidence and in the falling cost of the technology.
Off campus trips with GPS Trackers
Now, schools and other educational establishments in Britain are utilising GPS trackers particularly on school outings where the safety of the child is paramount. Extra-curricular activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award challenge is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain skills and widen their experience and this is an ideal time to incorporate trackers to keep the student safe and to help with monitoring progress, for instance by placing controlled Geo points, or safe zones, around them. Then, if anyone should become lost or get into difficulties the tracker sends an instant alert to a phone, tablet or laptop. An extra safety feature is the SOS button which alerts up to three people by text or email.
It's clear to see that as technology evolves, there will be a place in schools for GPS trackers, both for expensive equipment taken off the premises, and for the most precious items in schools the children.
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