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comment When should kids be allowed to walk/bike to school alone?
@AdamV - The likelihood of kidnappings is low in the US, but much higher in certain other countries. There are a lot of other risks whose degree of severity and likelihood varies. Auto/pedestrian accidents happen thousands of times a year, and are extremely bad in some countries. Bullying/assault is a huge deal in many areas, I was personally assaulted by other students multiple times walking home from school when I was in middle school here in the US. Peer pressure can convince kids to detour from going home to get involved in illegal activities (e.g. vandalism, petty theft).
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comment What type of tracking technology is practical for young children?
@mxyzplk - I think it's quite presumptuous of you to insinuate that this problem doesn't apply to me. It is a real problem I'm concerned with. I've had the fear of losing one of my children or having them kidnapped. I want to know if there are any technologies out there for tracking them. In addition I think it's an issue that is very important for many other parents.
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comment What type of tracking technology is practical for young children?
@jpatokal - The fact that you're trying to personalize it validates that location context matters. I used to live in Houston, but that's besides the point. The point is that the question is very relevant to a large population of the world and this site doesn't cater to a US-only audience. Dying in a motorcycle accident is an "irrelevant risk" for someone who doesn't ride motorcycles. It's very relevant to someone who does. If the question doesn't apply to you, just move on. Many people do care and don't carelessly view discovering better ways of protecting their kids as an "irrelevant risk".