21 August 2007

Saving The World...One Child At A Time.

Let me start by stating that I am all for children (under 18) having certain rights. We want them to grow up and be responsible human beings, so we should give them the tools and responsibility they need.

There is one right however that I strongly disagree with. That is a child's right to privacy. Sure they should be able to have a little personal time at home, but a parents right to know where their child is should out weigh any right of the child.

We seem to have forgotten that they are children. Not adults. Not capable of caring for them selves. Not capable of making adult decisions. Still in need of adult supervision.

According to the National Criminal Information Center, 800,000 children a years go missing.

The first National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children (NISMART-1) was released in 1990, and the second, known as NISMART-2, was released in October 2002. According to NISMART-2 research, which studied the year 1999, an estimated 797,500 children were reported missing; 58,200 children were abducted by nonfamily members; 115 children were the victims of the most serious, long-term nonfamily abductions called “stereotypical kidnappings”; and 203,900 children were the victims of family abductions.

Here is how you put an end to this. Once and for all. No child will ever go missing ever again. Kidnappers, abductors, pedophiles, family members, runaways, it wouldn't matter. They could all be found in a matter of minutes with out fail.


Implanted GPS. Capable of being tracked by satellite any where on the planet. Placed in the child's body until the age of 18. For their 18th birthday they get the right to privacy and freedom.

Before you start screaming "Big Brother", human rights groups have beat you to it. Having these implants placed in your kids is illegal. It violates the children's, right to privacy.

That's right. A child's right to privacy. WTF?

What is wrong with us? What is more important to us as parents? To us as a society?

We would rather have children run away or be taken and sold into slavery or used as some perverts sex toy than infringe on a child's right to privacy?

These are rules that are being made by people that don't have children. What if it was your child? They go to park to play with friends and don't come home. You give them the benefit of the doubt and wait for a while. Then you go to the park and look for them. Not there. Their friends say your child went home. Now what. You call the police and wait. And wait and wait and wait. While God knows what is happening to your child you are helpless to find them.

Where are our priorities? How could the ability to find our kids be a bad thing? What ever happened to the "Greater good of society"? No more missing children, ever, is a Greater Good.

It's our job to protect them. To keep them as safe as we can. Why aren't we doing everything we can?

800,000 children a year.


Iron Fist said...

If it were mandatory, the first thing a kidnapper would do would be to slap a foil-lined lead-filled sleeve or whatever around the arm with the implanted GPS device to block the signal, until they could get the transmitter removed.

I agree having a child go missing is horrific, and I would not wish the experience on anyone. I was working at a restaurant as a host once when I man had his young son go missing somewhere in the huge crowd of people waiting in the lobby and outside for a table. I never did find out what happened there.

But I don't especially believe tagging all of our children with tracking systems is going to especially deter a kidnapper. Consider that London is completely covered with a police-monitored CCTV system for the ostensible purpose of deterring crime and, in the words of a member of said police force: "I don't know of a single incident where CCTV has actually been used to spot, apprehend or detain offenders in the act.".

Something should be done, but I don't think this is it. And that's just my two cents.

Mad William said...

Iron Fist,
I can see your point.
However, our government has technology to track things no matter how you try to cover them up. I'm not talking about the GPS that most of us know. Micro chip size tags that would be virtually impossible to find unless you are the one that put it in.

The technology exists. We just don't use it.

I would also put all of the implants in different places from one child to the next. By the time a kidnapper figured out where the device is, the child could be found.

You're right, some people would still try to take kids and try to figure out how to get past the tracking. Even it kept a few of them from disappearing, wouldn't it be worth it?

Cameras are a different problem. The quality isn't good, people know where they are and it's easy to hide your identity from cameras.

Something should be done. Punishments need to be much more harsh, more of a deterrent not just a slap on the wrist, but that's another post.