Talking Points: Should parents be allowed to track their children’s whereabouts via their mobile phones?

Talking Points: Should parents be allowed to track their children’s whereabouts via their mobile phones?

Hate it when you can’t talk back? Well, you can with Young Post. Have your say and share with students around Hong Kong

Bernice Chang, 13, Po Leung Kuk Lee Shing Pik College

No, I don’t think so. I think if parents do that children will lose their freedom. I have a friend and her parents track her using her mobile phone. One time, she went to a store to buy her mother a present and when she got home, she got scolded for going shopping.

Angela Law, 17, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

I don’t think so. If this were allowed children would lose their privacy. Children shouldn’t feel like they are constantly being watched. Parents should let them roam free.

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Leung Yuk-fung, 16, Ju Ching Chu Secondary School

No, parents shouldn’t. They should respect their children’s privacy. Moreover, they should have a good enough relationship with their children and be able to trust them.

Li Cheuk-fung, 13, Po Leung Kuk Lee Shing Pik College

Yes, of course. Parents should be allowed to track their children via their mobile phones so that they can make sure their children are always safe. It’s also good for parents to be able to get their location if they ever go missing.

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Alan Leung, 17, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

I think that parents should be allowed to track their children if they are under 12 years old so that they can make sure they are not anywhere dangerous. However, I don’t think they should track them once they are teens. They should trust that their children are responsible enough to stay safe and their privacy needs to be respected.

Lau Tsz-yan, 13, Po Leung Kuk Lee Shing Pik College

I think parents should not be allowed to track their children’s whereabouts via their mobile phones. Even if the parents bought the phone for their children, I do not think it is fair for them to use it to spy on their children. I think it is important for children to have their privacy, it might ruin the relationship between the parents and their children.

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Heily Fui Man-hei, 16, Ju Ching Chu Secondary School (Yuen Long)

I don’t think parents should be allowed to track where there children go. If parents try to control their children’s lives too much, it won’t allow their children to grow and might even make a negative impact on their mental health.

Chris Lo Cheuk-kiu, 13, Po Leung Kuk Lee Shing Pik College

I definitely think that would be an invasion of children’s privacy if parents were tracking their whereabouts. I don’t think parents would like it if their parents tracked them when they were younger.

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Kelly Lam, 17, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

Certainly not! Everyone should have the right to privacy, even children. If parents really want to know their children’s location at all times to make sure they are safe, they should ask for their child’s permission first.

Hui Hiu-ching, 13, Po Leung Kuk Lee Shing Pik College

No, I don’t think they should. If parents want to track their children, it means they don’t trust them. This is something they should work on. Tracking them will only make their children feel like they have no freedom and that could make their relationship worse.


In our next Talking Points, we’ll discuss:

Is it a school’s responsibility to care for a student’s well-being?

We are now accepting your answers for this topic. To take part, email your answer with your name, age, and school, along with a nice, clear selfie (make sure it’s not blurry), to yp@scmp.com by lunchtime on Monday. Don’t forget to include “Talking Points” in the subject line.

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Should parents be allowed to track their children’s whereabouts via their mobile phones?

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