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Family Focus: Tracking Your Kids

Times are changing. Kids are getting smartphones and tablets at a very young age. But it's a good thing! You can stay in constant communication with them. But how about tracking every move they make and every text they send?

"I think it's a really good idea, I think that you need to know where your kids are at all times, it's our responsibility to make sure that they're where they're supposed to be. If we don't do it, who's going to?" Lizzie Mora, mother of an 11 year old.

There's two applications invented by a Missouri father, one is called "Catch me if you can" the other is "Protect me if you can." One allows you to track your kid with them knowing, the other without.

"That would be a really good tool to help find her fast," said Mora.

Parents seem to like the idea of tracking your kids via GPS, but what about teenagers?

"As long as I tell her where I'm going before," said Austin Nadeau, 15.

"I think it's kind of strange, her knowing where I am," said Kaleb Nadeau, 12.

But it's not just about invading their privacy; it's protecting them from the bad.

"I think Minot's sort of scary, with the oil and all these extra people. I'd feel safer knowing that if I needed to I could track him," said Rosie Gunville, mother of Austin and Kaleb.

One cell phone salesmen told me there's lots of software available to track your kids. He even uses it to track his 13 year old. Many parents don't know it's out there, but they are definitely for it.

"People might feel it's an invasion of privacy, but it's better to be safe than sorry. I would hate to think, had I been more proactive, than not."

There are other types of software to track your kids available as well.

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