Is it an invasion of privacy?  Not if you're under my roof.  If I'm the boss in my house and I want to know where my personnel is at all times, I can now do it.  As long as my wife says OK, of course.

It's not that I'm even interested in spying on my kids and their whereabouts, but if you've got the technology to know exactly where your child is at all times, who wouldn't use it?  With all the craziness I see on the news about kids that go missing, I worry all the time about the safety of my kids, but this new technology from TrackR is going to help much more often than just that horrible possibility.

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No, the real draw of this technology isn't the parenting help, it's the "old person" helper.  You see, I'm an old person.  I lose stuff.  I misplace stuff.  I put something down and forget it.  This technology is old-person-proof.  Remember the last time you couldn't find your phone and couldn't call it because it was on silent?  Problem solved.  This technology allows you to ring your phone, even if it's on silent.

Put your keys down and forget where they are?  Problem solved.  Press the button and your keys start beeping at you.  Forget your phone as you're walking out the door on the way to work?  Problem solved.  If you get too far away from your phone, your device will alert you.  You can put this device on your keys, your phone, your car, your dog, your daughter, anything you want to keep tabs on at all times.

Some may call this technology an invasion of privacy.  If my kids would like to argue this point, I'll agree to turn off all tracking devices the day they move into their own place... that they're paying for with their own money.  College doesn't count.  If I'm paying for it I'm gonna make sure I know where you are at 11pm... and 11am.

Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer to know exactly where the people I love are at all times.  I just prefer to do it from the comfort of my own chair without much effort.  I have some primitive tracking devices on the phone of my son, Tyler, and on my phones, but there are ways around that.  Leave the phone behind.  It's happened.

Every time I turn on the tracking app to see where I left my other phone, I see Tyler's original phone I was tracking somewhere near Belton Lake.  He lost it while we were camping, and it's still somewhere at that park.  I know this because this useless app tells me so.  This TrackR company isn't paying me to mention this stuff, I just think it's super cool and should be seen as a gift from the heavens for dads with daughters.

This new device from Trackr steps up my own NSA-type efforts to keep tabs on my kids, but I know my wife will never go for this.  I know this because I'd never go for it.  That's where I draw the line.  I married my wife because I love her and I trust her.  I'd never put a tracking device on her or her property.  Nowwwwww, because she technically drives a vehicle that's in my name and I drive the vehicle that's in her name, I think it's fair game tracking my car.  That sounds OK, right?  I'll let you know what she says.