Need to spy on your children? This new GPS watch should be perfect for you

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I’m not sure how I feel about the latest smart watch to be hitting that market. I love the idea of wearables and the potential they can offer either in fitness tracking or as a different form of communication or banking. However, this particular smart watch, while it certainly serves a noble purpose, just sounds really creepy and I can see it being used for all the wrong purposes.

Duomo is a Canadian company which has just released a GPS watch for the sole purpose of being able to track your kids. It’s a technology that is already available in Europe, but founder Dany Boucher decided to bring it to the American market. But if you thought that wasn’t creepy enough, the watch can even allow you to listen in on the children’s conversations should you want to. And that’s where this whole idea goes a little creepy for me. The devices have come out on the market and is reportedly selling for anywhere between $80 for the cheapest option and $100 for a waterproof one, which is actually very affordable and should catch the attention of most adults who have trust issues with their little ones.

The devices work the same way as any standard GPS watch in being able to track an individual’s location, but also runs on a separate 2G network to communicate back to a server which allows parents to track them online. Parents can also set up a perimeter called a “geofence,” which alerts them via text message when the watch goes outside said area. The watch also has a sensor that detects when it’s being removed, just in case the teen thinks they’re being clever by sneaking out. Lastly it also features a built-in microphone that allows parents to eavesdrop on conversations, or even just ambient noise.

While I can see the value this kind of device can have by ensuring you always know where your children are, the potential to spy on your kids, or really anyone of that matter, is perhaps a little alarming. If parents can’t trust their teenagers, I think they have other things to worry about than fussing over what their teens are up to. I can also see many unsuspecting people getting a watch from a stalker “friend” and not realizing that their personal lives are actually being invaded.

If I was a teenager today, I certainly wouldn’t be impressed if my parents made me wear this thing. Even if I wasn’t doing anything bad I would still want to ditch it just to maintain that sense of freedom. Would you consider something like this to keep an eye out on your kids?

Last Updated: January 17, 2017

Craig Risi

A man of many talents, but no sense how to use them. I could be discovering the cure for aids or finding ways to achieve world peace, but I’d rather be watching movies and writing here instead.

  • Admiral Chief

    Creepy looking guy….

    • Hammersteyn

      Having a name Billy doesn’t help either.

    • MonsterCheddar

      Ja nee. He has dodgy written all over him. He just needs a van and a bag of sweets

  • Lu

    A colleague bought one for his four year old daughter. It notifies him when the watch is taken off, and even if she leaves a pre set area. It’s not meant for teenagers, its for kids that shouldn’t have cellphones yet. It gives a small child a way to contact their parents in an emergency, without the responsibility of a cellphone.

    • Sandelk

      I agree with that. Its the need to listen to conversations that has me concerned and while most parents will use this tech for noble purposes, there is going to be a host of creeps out there that have other ideas.

      • Lu

        Also tru. But then again, is there anything in this world that hasn’t been perverted yet?

  • Hammersteyn

    This will make the perfect gift for this girl I know, she doesn’t know me though. Not yet

  • I’m all for GPS in watches so if there is a problem we can find the kids…. but listening to their conversations is so over the line it blows my mind

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