Should Parents Track Their College-Age Kids with an App?

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Playing App to Track Your Kids When They Are off at College?

Is an app for parents that allows them to track their kids while away at college helpful or enabling overprotectiveness? 

The Doctors welcome parenting expert Dr. Deborah Gilboa and mom Demeka, who uses the app to keep track of her kids, to discuss the pros and cons. The app can be used to track their location and how fast they are driving. Some parents say these apps give them peace of mind, while many of the children feel it crosses boundaries and some feel it creates anxiety.

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Demeka says she uses the app for safety purposes and "not to spy." The mom says the app helps her to feel at ease with her children being away.

But do these apps even make people safer? Dr. Gilboa says they do not and can cause parents to feel more anxious about their children. It also leads to raises in anxiety levels with the kids who are being tracked as well.

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She feels if parents are using these types of apps, there must be an exit strategy to ensure that the child can transition to being adult and being able to problem solve and adapt to issues on their own. She recommends having there be an age or a time when the tracking stops.   

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