The world was a whole lot safer in the past, where parents allowed their kids to roam around freely in the neighborhood without worrying about some random or ill feeling stranger bundle their kid in the trunk of a vehicle for a ransom. Things are much different and changed these days, and parents do play a role in being extra careful with their progeny. The Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas, has enlisted the help of RFID tags in order to track kids via a digital leash, knowing where little Johnny or Jane is at all times. Is this the subtle beginning of a police state, or is it done in the name of safety? I am quite sure that it is open to debate depending on which side of the fence you are on, but at least you know where your kid is at all times – unless the little fellow is smart enough to remove the RFID tag and place it elsewhere, in order to skip school.
The John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School will be the two test beds when it comes to implementing these new chips, and according to school district spokesman Pascual Gonzalez, “We want to harness the power of (the) technology to make schools safer, know where our students are all the time in a school, and increase revenues.”