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Is Life 360 Invasive Or Necessary?

Whether your parents use it, your friend has it or you’ve heard about it, most CB students are familiar with the tracking app Life 360. It is known for its wide variety of advanced features such as tracking one’s location, speed, and phone battery, raising the pressing question whether it is invasive or necessary. Tracking […]

Whether your parents use it, your friend has it or you’ve heard about it, most CB students are familiar with the tracking app Life 360. It is known for its wide variety of advanced features such as tracking one’s location, speed, and phone battery, raising the pressing question whether it is invasive or necessary.

Tracking is used as a safety precaution, especially for young teenagers. With extreme advances in technology parents have access to new safety measures; it makes sense that they are taking advantage of knowing where their kids are and that their safe. Co-dean of students Mrs. Cecilia Powers adds that “parents need to know where their kids are. Tracking may not be the best option, but is reliable.”

“Tracking a new driver’s speed helps develops trust for parents to be confident that their kids are ready to drive on their own,” Mrs. Powers adds.

Assuming that the majority of parents want to know their kids whereabouts, they either know where their kids are based off their tracked location or where there kids said they are going. Will Fuhrman (‘20) doesn’t get tracked because of his established trust with his parents.

“It’s important to have the motive to let your parents know where you’re going and that you’re safe,” Will says. An easy text or phone call to your parents can go a long way. Life 360 has a feature that notifies your parents the exact time of arrival and departure from any location. The app is reliable without communicating when and where you’ll be leaving, .

“Parents job of a teenager is to prepare them to be independent by encouraging them to venture out and experience new opportunities with occasional limitations of saying no,” Mrs. Powers says. Good or bad, teenagers learn from their experiences; it strengthens their maturity and overall awareness. Developed maturity doesn’t make kids safer, but promotes honesty and better choices.

Marilyn Sequeira’s (‘21) family are devoted users of the app. She says that Life 360 is more invasive than safe, including that it goes against the development of self accountability.

“I am not responsible for myself at all — Life 360 is responsible for me” Marilyn bluntly says.

The overwhelming features of Life 360 replace responsibility, causing kids to be more reliant on their technology and their parents. The argument comes down to being honest with your parents and being honest with yourself. Practicing safe speed, keeping track of your phone battery and letting your parents know you’re safe builds reliability, trust and independence. Practicing safety will do nothing more than benefit your overall well being and future.

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