Teen Driver Trackers: Good Parenting or a Step Too Far?

Teenagers passing their drivers test and hitting the road for the first time is one of the most thrilling times for a young person but also one of the most terrifying times for their parents. To further such parental fears, he National Transportation Safety Board reports that auto accidents are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 16-20. For decades, American parents handed their children the keys to the family car, told them to be careful, and off their children went, until now.

Today, a variety of companies offer devices that can be installed in a family vehicle that will track the car. The equipment can track where the car goes and how fast it goes, online. While this device appears to be a great way to keep your children safe while on the road, the real question is whether or not this technology is an invasion of your child’s privacy?

Many believe that if you truly trust someone than you shouldn’t check up on them behind their back. Placing this device in your child’s car could come off as if you do not trust your child, which could creating a trust gap between your child and yourself. On the other hand, by not using this technology, you loose the piece of mind that your child is being safe and responsible.

I mean your teenager is tested in their academic life, how is this any different, or is it?

What do you think, is a teen driver tracker an invasion of your child’s privacy or solid tool to protect your child?