Mom puts GPS on teenage son
Harry Wilder is off on his world travels before beginning his studies in business management. His mom reportedly insists that he has to wear a GPS tracking device.
There is nothing like a mother's love. Save, some kids say, for a mother's nagging, a mother's nosiness, oh, and a mother's constant worry, of course.
Perhaps this might explain why 53-year-old Rachel Wilder reportedly put a Traakit GPS device on her son.
Harry Wilder is not a 7-year-old who is prone to chase passing dogs and cars.
Harry is 19 and will soon start a business management degree course at Oxford Brookes University in England.
Before he does, he's going on a long trip to Australia, Thailand, and South Africa. In fact, he's already in Australia. So is his Traakit, which allows his mom to locate him to within 15 feet of his actual body.
"I can tell which street he is in so I can make sure he doesn't wander into any dangerous areas," mom told the Telegraph.
But does Google Earth really show which streets are dangerous?
"I have no way of knowing if a street in Australia is dangerous but if he was in Bangkok, for example, I could see if he walks in an area which might not be safe and ring or text him," Mrs. Wilder insisted to the Telegraph.
And at this I wondered if I felt a rat of the PR family creeping very slowly up my trouser leg. For it transpires that the Traakit was developed by a man called David Clayton. That would be the David Clayton who is Harry's uncle.
Harry seems happy enough to be carrying the little credit card-shaped tracker.
From his travels in Brisbane, he said: "It's not so much of a concern here, but in somewhere like Thailand, if you were to get kidnapped or driven off into the jungle, people would be able to find you from the signal."
He is also, let's remember, about to study business management. So in case you were wondering what he might do if he suddenly felt the need to enjoy the pleasures of certain parts of Perth or, well, Bangkok, Harry would like to tell you.
"Not that it's happened yet, but if I didn't want mum to know where I was going I can always leave the thing in the car," he said.
Kids. You just can't control them these days, can you?