Would You Microchip Your Child?

Some parents want the ultimate protection for their kids.
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 Would You Microchip Your Child?

Some parents want the ultimate protection for their kids.

-Jennifer Lubell

Microchip

We’ve all seen the headlines.

Elizabeth Smart. Jaycee Dugard. And Madeleine McCann, who disappeared three years ago while on vacation with her family in Portugal and still hasn’t been found.

Madeleine went missing just a few days before her fourth birthday. My son is going to be four in August.

Alex is my one and only son. My husband and I are not going to have any more children. If I lost him in a crowded mall or amusement park, I doubt that I would ever recover. If I someone abducted him and I didn’t know where to find him, I would probably go insane with grief.

Amid these heartbreaking thoughts, I wonder, how could I protect him? And how far would I go? It makes me wonder if a technology is out there that could track my child like a homing device, a built-in microchip that would enable authorities to locate him.

I know I’m not the only parent who’s contemplated this.

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GPS-type child locators already exist on phones and other hand-held devices. “I know Sprint and several cell phone service providers have child locator services. But what if the kid loses the cell phone?” asks Leilani Haywood, the mother of an 8-year-old daughter with Down Syndrome. For that reason, she says, “I’m all for microchipping kids to protect them from the nuts and predators who take advantage of them.”

Other experts think the conversation about microchipping fuels unnecessary hysteria.

“Did you know that there are people who believe that if they let their kids stand on a public sidewalk they are 80% likely to be abducted? That’s nonsense,” says Wendie Howland, a health consultant and registered nurse who practices in Massachusetts.


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0 thoughts on “Would You Microchip Your Child?

  1. uptowngirl says:

    Microchipping definitely seems too extreme.

  2. Fashionista says:

    This is too much. Let’s not get too carried away with technology. Let’s just look after our children.

  3. Ann13 says:

    I have no doubt it will happen. It’s a bit over the top though

  4. weetziebat says:

    I’d definitely do it,though. If anything happened to my kid, I wouldn’t beable to go on living.

  5. shamrockblonde says:

    yes, in a NY minute – in the blink of any eye your child can disappear – anything – anything at all – to keep them safe –

  6. dragons says:

    Depends on the circumstances. If I had a child with a severe medical problem or who had difficulty communicating (speech, hearing, mental limitations) I might consider it. Let’s face it, no matter how good a parent one is, it’s impossible to watch your child 24/7. it only takes a second for something to happen.

  7. jessica03 says:

    I WOULD NEVER microchip my child. i think that’s just crazy

  8. moonbaby1o1 says:

    I would micro-chip thier shoes. Most kidnappers wont remove a childs shoes because they may need the child to walk someplace quickly and shoes are needed. I would micro-chip every last pair of my kids shoes if I had kids.

  9. fastest2 says:

    Shoes, oh yes, all the way. Under their skin? Kinda obbsesive, isn’t it? We want to protect them, but lets not go smothering them.

  10. Sandycg71 says:

    I would absolutely microchip my child…come on, we care enough about our pets to do it. It has nothing to do with smothering or controlling the child…I mean, when they are litle…that’s what you do, you are ‘controlling’ them in a way with your discipline and caring for them. If this is something that can be implanted then removed when they are older, I wouldn’t even think about it. While only 115 are actually ‘kidnap’ by the true sense of the word, what would you happened to be the parent of one of those 115? You would save your child from possible death and psychologically trauma of being sexually molested. I can’t imagine a parent not wanting this done.

  11. trillian6 says:

    would absolutely microchip my child…come on, we care enough about our pets to do it. It has nothing to do with smothering or controlling the child…I mean, when they are litle…that’s what you do, you are ‘controlling’ them in a way with your discipline and caring for them. If this is something that can be implanted then removed when they are older, I wouldn’t even think about it. While only 115 are actually ‘kidnap’ by the true sense of the word, what would you happened to be the parent of one of those 115? You would save your child from possible death and psychologically trauma of being sexually molested. I can’t imagine a parent not wanting this done.I agree – my daughter ran away 0@15spend one hour not knowingw here or how your child is and you would do anything to prevent thatf rom happening again -turned out she ws itchiking from the san francisco bay area to Arizonaand safe and sound the wole time she managed to beg enough moneytro sgelterand feed herself – she even bought a toohbrush and paste : and brushed her teeth while on the road

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