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Would you implant a microchip in your child?

Posted by Lylah M. Alphonse  June 9, 2010 06:17 AM

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With the search still ongoing for 7-year-old Kyron Horman, who disappeared from his Portland, Oregon, elementary school on Friday, some parents are wondering whether it's worth taking the idea of implanted tracking devices for kids more seriously.

The question of whether or not to implant microchips in our children isn't new. In 2002, CNN reported that parents in the United Kingdom were asking for microchip tracking devices for their kids after two 10-year-old girls were abducted and murdered. And Wired magazine wrote about it back in 2003, when Solusat, the Mexican distributor of VeriChip, launched its VeriKid program in Mexico.

What is new is that, in spite of the whole "Big Brother" aspect, and in spite of the obvious privacy issues (not to mention health risks), the microchip may be making a comback.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, about 800,000 children are reported missing, but more than half of them are runaways or only missing temporarily. About 204,000 were kidnapped by members of their own family, 58,000 were kidnapped by non-family members whom they know, and just 115 of them were the stereotypical, headline-making "snatched off the street" abductions involving "someone the child does not know or a slight acquaintance who holds the child overnight, transports the child 50 miles or more, kills the child, demands ransom, or intends to keep the child permanently."

Even though sterotypical kidnappings are rare, the fact that they happen at all is enough to make parents worry about it could happen to their children. As Kyron's case may show, security measures in schools may not be enough, so why not outfit the child with a permanent tracking system, you know, just in case?

Microchips and other radio-frequency identification devices (RFID) have been imbedded in pets and attached to items in order to track them for years. VeriChip is one; it's been sold in the US since 2002 and was approved for implantation in humans by the FDA in 2004, in spite of the fact that tests from the mid-1990s showed that the implanted microchips had "induced" cancer in laboratory animals, with most of the tumors encasing the implants. By 2007, about 2,000 of the devices had been implanted in humans around the world, The Washington Post reported.

While the current technology available for human implantation doesn't store much data -- just a 16-digit ID number -- the possibilities are there. And though it could provide peace of mind for parents -- police and FBI could track the child with the chip much in the same way security companies can track stolen cars that have RFID devices built-in -- they're easy enough to remove with just a knife (as anyone who has watched The Bourne Identity knows).

So, parents, weigh in: Would you implant a microchip in your child? Do you think it's a "better safe than sorry" move or a sign of helicopter parenting going too far?

Lylah M. Alphonse is a Globe staff member and mom and stepmom to five kids. She writes about juggling career and parenthood at The 36-Hour Day and blogs at Write. Edit. Repeat. E-mail her at lalphonse@globe.com and follow her on Twitter @WriteEditRepeat.

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68 comments so far...
  1. No. First and foremost, while the news is seemingly filled with atrocities committed against children, 99.9% of them are perpetrated by their parents or close relatives.

    As you noted, Lylah, only about 115 cases out of nearly half a million missing children annually are "stranger abductions". They make great headlines but a basic Operational Risk Management check (there's actually an ORM matrix I used to check this...) yields the overall threat of losing your child this way as "negligible". So why, then, would you spend the money? Why would you violate your child's privacy in this way? They are not, in spite of the prevalence of children on leashes at beaches and parks, pets. Why would you risk their health?

    Some may argue that any risk whatsoever means that saving their child is worth it - and that's a tough one to counter for sure. But as a parent who can't imagine losing my little one, I still say that implanting a microchip is wrong for so many reasons.

    Horrifying to think about, there is also a part of me that says, These are easy to remove. Any determined kidnapper would probably just inflict more pain to take it out and discard it.

    It's tragic, but some children will become victims to strangers. Far too many more will fall victim to those who are supposed to love, teach, guide, and protect them - their own parents. Many will die in accidents; many more of illness. Short of chipping them and THEN sealing them in a plastic bubble, we will not be able to prevent all of these tragedies. And even chipped and sealed, we've only then created a new monster in the name of our children's best interests.

    We must do our best to protect our children, but there are lines we must also draw and this is certainly one of them.

    Posted by Phe June 9, 10 08:03 AM
  1. NO.

    Beside the privacy issues and the slippery slope (once we implant children, who's next, and for what reason?)...

    Kyron Horman might not be missing today if it weren't for Skyline Elementary School's lax absentee parental notification procedures. Had the school utilized the technology that they already had in place and called his parents at 10AM when it was first noticed that he wasn't on campus, then he might have already been back with his family.

    Children already have cell phones, but look how many cases we've seen in which that technology failed to locate the child. Criminals have been smart enough to destroy the phones, remove the batteries, and ditch the phones as soon as the child is abducted.

    As long as there are people who wish to harm children, they won't be deterred by implanted chips.

    It's sad that people would exploit Kyron's tragedy to push for yet another infringement on individual privacy in the United States. I really hope that parents are smart enough not to be lured by a sense of security that they think subdural microchips might offer. Once such a chip is "installed," then forget ever going anywhere without everyone from private corporations to the government knowing. What might be intended for safety could be abused in really terrible ways.

    I think, when all is said and done, we will learn that Kyron was not abducted by some sneaky pervy stranger, but by someone very close to him--someone possibly responsible for his care. No microchip could protect a child from that kind of abuser, could it.

    Posted by TechMom June 9, 10 08:13 AM
  1. People microchip their dogs. Cars have LoJack. My kids are way more important to me than my pets or car. I would definitely consider it!

    Posted by Melissa June 9, 10 08:13 AM
  1. There's one major flaw in this idea, if the person invovled knows the child has one of these devices implanted they can remove it quickly and easily using a simple tool, a knife.

    So, while it might work, it's not as if they can't easily circumvent the device. Also, when will it be removed, as an adult few of us would want a tracking device installed in our body and as a parent I do not want the government to be able to track my child at will (and don't think that wouldn't happen).

    Posted by JT June 9, 10 08:28 AM
  1. If your child was one of those 115 actual abductions a year, how would you cope with it? If they can say it is medically safe, I would absolutely have one in my child. It is not hovering, it is using the latest technology to keep our children safe.
    We use the latest technology to educate and entertain our children, why not use the latest technology to keep them safe?

    Posted by KabBoston June 9, 10 09:37 AM
  1. RFID wouldn't work, only has a short range, 10-20 feet maybe? It reminds me of Mexico's Attorney General's office embedding their employees with them, I think they were just trying to discourage kidnappings.

    Posted by northshoreguy June 9, 10 10:57 AM
  1. Melissa: Dogs and cars are high-theft property items. Children are human beings.

    To the supporters of this technology, I would ask this - have you talked to your CHILDREN and asked how they would feel about having this device planted in them?

    I guarantee you that, as a 10 y/o, if my parents had tried this, I would have dug it out any way possible. The idea of having some sort of foreign tracker in my body would have revolted me even then. To ignore that and say, "It's for your own good," is to ignore your child's existence as anything more than your property.

    Kids are actual humans. I can't say it enough. They need to be I would be devastated if my child were among the 115 annually abducted by strangers, but I value her daily life with us enough to acknowledge that the intrusion and potential health risks this would pose do not make her any safer from that unlikely event than going without.

    And yes...when do we say, "you're old enough to have it removed"? Adults get kidnapped too...

    Posted by Phe June 9, 10 11:17 AM
  1. No flipping way, for all of the reasons stated above. If you really believe this would save your kid, you are delusional.

    Posted by akmom June 9, 10 11:42 AM
  1. I don't know if potential kidnapping victims are the real target market for this technology. It seems a better match for people who tend to wander off and get lost, like a subset of special needs and autistic kids, or, much more commonly, the elderly.

    Posted by dmetrick June 9, 10 11:48 AM
  1. YES.
    If it was a microchip that was NON cancer inducing. Absolutely. It would definitely add a measure of relief in this age where there is no limit to evil. IN fact I think every sex offender should have the cancer inducing microchip installed in them. I would do everything possible to protect my child and I probably wouldn't tell anyone that it was there other than his father. If he wanted it removed when he is older then so be it, but again when you got little boys and girls I wouldn't hesitate

    Posted by Kelli June 9, 10 11:48 AM
  1. My children have asked, is there a way for you to find me if there is a stranger that takes me? I mentioned about searching with the police as much as we can day and night and I said there is a chance technology could help locate you, once it can be tested and safely do what it is supposed to do (after, of course tested to all specifications to do what it is intended to do), it can show where you are. My child said I do not want to be gone long from home with a stranger so I want that one thing so I wont miss you to for to long...

    So my human kid, in fact would want it under the basis I explained it to my child.

    Children/people are 100% more valuable than anything like high theft prop items..

    I dont know anymore, cant let your kids be kids-its a sad state, to many predators released to reoffend (low rehab rate) and if they know this, why do they let them out

    Posted by PROLIFE June 9, 10 11:55 AM
  1. YES, depending what school, what town, if my relatives are crazy, if my estranged wife is psycho.

    Posted by Ty Mastry June 9, 10 12:13 PM
  1. YES !!!! For the people that say No - ask yourself - what would you do if your child went missing ?? You can Microchip a Pet - have a tracking device on a car - you can track a Cell Phone. If it is offered - I will be the FIRST in line - if my child goes missing - it would be nice to know that a flip of a switch they can be located. I would not have to wait 5 days with no answers. Also - maybe people would think twice about swiping a child knowing that it can be tracked quickly.

    Posted by Amie June 9, 10 12:32 PM
  1. Growing up in the city as a child, I was once almost abducted by a stranger. Luckily, I was streetwise and got away. My kids are not as streetwise. I also know of some other pretty bad things that happened to friends and family members growing up (that were perpetrated by strangers). Things are now reported more often but I can assure you, it is not as uncommon as you think.
    I would Absolutely do it if it was offered!

    Posted by L June 9, 10 12:33 PM
  1. Would you wear a lightning rod on your head to protect yourself from being hit by lightning?

    Well, unless you're a nut, you wouldn't; because, the odds of getting hit by lightning are 280,000 to 1, and that kind of risk is too slim to live your life in fear.

    Yet, a person is 5 times more likely to get hit by lightning than a child is to be killed by a "stereotypical" kidnapper.

    Meanwhile, a child is 26 times more likely to die in a car accident than at the hands of a "stereotypical" kidnapper and 46 times more likely to die of cancer.

    Posted by Ann in LA June 9, 10 12:37 PM
  1. I thought microchips (like those put in pets) only work if someone finds the pet and has the technology to scan the chip. I didn't think it was the kind of thing that you can flip a switch and know the location of the microchip-embedded individual. Therefore how would this be helpful in tracking abducted children, unless the child escapes and ends up somewhere where someone thinks to scan for a chip?

    Posted by poppy609 June 9, 10 12:38 PM
  1. There are already bracelets with microchips in them that allow someone to track the wearer. It wouldn't be hard to implant something like that instead of wearing it.

    I don't know if I'd do it, though. It's easy to feel around on the skin to see is a chip is there, and cut it out with a sharp knife. And if most of the kidnappings are done by family members, wouldn't they know to remove the chip? But on the other hand, what if it could help authorities find my child (whether a kidnap victim or a runaway) quickly? I might be tempted.

    Posted by MamaCat June 9, 10 12:53 PM
  1. No, they need to microchip all offenders and parolees, not innocent children...

    Posted by ConcernedMom June 9, 10 01:10 PM
  1. I think it should be done it would help us locate children.

    A few years back my oldest daughter and a friend waited for me to go to bed and they sneaked out of the house n they meet up with someone from on line. My youngest daughter woke me up to tell me what the girls had done. As the hours passed on I was on all her accounts and then the next morning she was able to get to a computer and tell me she did not know where she was. He would not let them out and then as we were talking the local police were here following the conversation. It led to 3 police depts and a family friend to go there. This peron came out with my daughter and her friend and it led to him going to jail. I was never so scared in my life. I could not believe she and her friend had done this I thought she knew better. I am greatful she was found safe alive.

    But if i was given the chance to implant my children I would do it
    Ive always done my very best to protect my children and children of friends. Ive always watched out for them but there are very sick people out there who should not be allowed to see the light of day. They should stay in jail. I even think the cameras should be put in more places

    I was very lucky this all happened within a few hours they always say time is very crucial i believe they r right and it helped this person had a
    Computer that was on n running she n i were able to contact each other i was never so scared in my life as i was that day

    Posted by Carolyn June 9, 10 01:16 PM
  1. The "missing child" statistics emanating from the American Center are gross and irresponsible overestimates. No parent should make decisions based on those statistics.

    Indeed, large numbers of children whose posters are being distributed to a gullible public have never been missing at all. Recent testimony of Mr. Ernie Allen,the grotesquely well-paid President and CEO of the privately-held National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (USA), suggests that there may be as many as 400 ongoing cases of missing child fraud emanating from his Center. Apparently they need these fraudulent cases to justify millions of wasted dollars in taxpayer money and private donations. Mr. Allen is facing criminal proceedings for missing child fraud in Greece and other European countries.

    You can find some of these cases analyzed on our website at http://www.ncmec.eu.

    Posted by Emmanuel Lazaridis June 9, 10 01:21 PM
  1. Well, our culture treats dogs as children, why not treat children like dogs too?

    Posted by di June 9, 10 01:31 PM
  1. you people are sick.... putting a chip in a person. Honestly?? I can't imagine the degree of over-parenting that goes on in your house. This is why kids are getting more and more useless each generation. Well done parents! Why not just seal them in a bubble with wheels that can make the bubble a transporter? Now they can live in a bubble till they are 21! weeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

    Posted by steve June 9, 10 01:39 PM
  1. I am the father of a 7yo boy and a 4yo girl. Recently, my daughter went missing for almost an hour in the neighborhood. After frantically searching everywhere within the area she is allowed to go and checking with neighbors, we expanded our search and called 911. She turned up in the home of a neighor who was having a party near by. The door was unlocked and she was curious where all the people were going. They didn't see her go in, and she wandered upstairs where a friend's art supplies distracted her. We found her when those neighbors saw us outside frantic with the police and they thought to search their home more thoroughly. During that time after we decided to call the police and when we found her, my son told me that he was going to work hard to invent a device to detect her. When I told him they might already have such a device, he asked me why we hadn't gotten one for him and his sister.

    My wife and I are not helicopter parents, and the idea of these chips used to offend my sensibilities. I couldn't imagine losing my child, it was inconcievable. Now I know exactly what it feels like. I don't know if this device would save my child from a genuine abduction. I do know this: it would be very hard to object if I could be confident in the technology, that they were really safe, and it was available as cheaply as the devices in my cats. All three issues limit my interest right now, but if that changes I would strongly consider it.

    My children are human beings, and I would not use these without their understanding and consent. My son wants it now and I suspect my daughter would as well if I spoke with her about the option. My kids live a relatively care-free life, and are more free to wander their neighborhood than many people would consider proper. We have spoken with them about the potential dangers of strangers, but they do not live in fear of people either. We set limits that they have earned and expanded by being responsible within them. I would not change any of that. But, as my son asked me after we found our daughter and life returned to normal: "Dad, if you could put something in me that lets you find me when I'm lost, why wouldn't you?"

    Posted by Brian June 9, 10 02:20 PM
  1. I would definitely consider implanting a tracking device, if an actual tracking device was approved. My child is a human being, I understand that, and at her request I would remove it when she was 18. Heck, I'd get one for myself.
    I don't over parent, and I'm not overly paranoid. This kind of device could help in kidnappings, but also being lost in the woods, or being hurt somewhere and unable to get help. The latter two are more likely to happen to my adventurous daughter.

    Posted by lala June 9, 10 02:58 PM
  1. Absolutely! My young neighbor was abducted by his babysitter 2 years ago. He was missing for 8 hours, until an Amber Alert was issued and he was found by a State Trooper. I can hardly put into words the anguish that his family experienced during that time. If a tiny tracking device could have helped them, it would have been worth the world. How can fellow-posters be judgmental over a personal decision to protect a child?

    Posted by Chris74 June 9, 10 03:43 PM
  1. There is an app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad called Silent Bodyguard that kids can use. It's a secret panic button that sends and SOS with GPS location to emergency contacts and updates location every minute. Costs like a dollar. I think it's coming out for BlackBerry soon. I like this better than implanting a chip in my child. it's in the iTunes Store--Silent Bodyguard

    Posted by Asher Lieblick June 9, 10 04:30 PM
  1. Absolutely. There is nothing I wouldn't do for my girls and they are by far the MOST important thing to me in the world. I am completely paranoid and am right now struggling on whether or not to allow my 6 year old to walk to school by herself (1/4 mile). Cell phone tracking, drive her myself or armed guard lol. Chipping is a great idea.

    Posted by Peter June 9, 10 04:49 PM
  1. As a previous poster commented, the chips used in pets are useful if a lost pet is found and brought to a vet or animal shelter where they can scan them for identification. They don't work to find the pet in the first place -- you can just go around the neighborhood scanning for them. Essentially, they identify a body -- they don't help you find it. They are used in pets because the dog can't say "my name is Fido Smith and I live in the big white house next to the fire hydrant." (The dog can't phone home either, of course.)

    I'm with the others -- the chip would do nothing to prevent an abduction, and might actually make the situation worse in the case of one.

    Posted by gastrogal June 9, 10 05:00 PM
  1. "While the current technology available for human implantation doesn't store much data -- just a 16-digit ID number."

    Ummm? You might want to google Verichip, Steel Vault, And RFID implantable chips.

    They are capable of not just tracking by GPS, But also can hold all your personal information, Biometric Identification such as finger prints, eye scans, all your medical history, and to top it off your entire bank account information. Not only can this be used to track you down if need be. But, it can also hold enough information for anyone with hacking capabilities to access and steal all of your personal information. Very easily done. Just look it up.

    This is one of the most dangerous things you could ever do to your child let alone to yourself.

    Posted by DanJ June 9, 10 05:30 PM
  1. Something a kid can attach to their belt loop if you're doing wilderness hiking, I could understand. A medical alert bracelet type device for someone who is disabled enough to wander and not be able to communicate, OK, maybe.

    But if someone intends to kidnap, rape, and murder your child, do you really think they are going to be deterred by the thought that the kid might have a microchip? Do you think you would be able to track the kid down before the person did anything to them?

    It's magical thinking. If I jump through this hoop everything will be OK, and the more expensive and controversial the hoop, the better it works.

    Posted by di June 9, 10 07:55 PM
  1. Something that the story omitted to mention: microchips have a range of less than an inch. That's right--the microchip will not help in finding an implanted pet or child unless the scanner is within one inch of the chip.

    A microchip is about as helpful as dental records: it will help identify the child's body but it is extremely unlikely to help find them.

    Posted by MsEithne June 9, 10 07:56 PM
  1. The bible talks of a time when man will not be able to buy or sell without the 'mark' but some scolars note the proper translation as 'setting a mark by poking into the skin'.

    The world government will be able to have total control over all mankind through through these lithium encased devices. However studies show that if the encasement were to be compromised, a boil would result. The biblical account also denotes this will happen. We live in perilous yet exciting times. Perilous if you recieve the implant, for you will be enternally separted from any love. (God is Love) But exciting, if Jesus is your Lord and you take not the mark, even unto death.

    Posted by EG Anderson June 10, 10 01:54 AM
  1. I don't think this particular technology is worth the risk because of the cancer risk-but I am looking into other options like a piece of jewelry that the child can wear that could be used instead. Of course these can easily be removed but is probably not the first and foremost thought of someone snatching a child for God knows what purpose. I don't personally believe that most child sex offenders are rocket scientists

    Posted by Kris June 10, 10 05:53 AM
  1. No, the technology won't work.

    These embedded microchips have a very short read range, usually less then 3 inches. They use passive (HF) RFID which has no power source of its own, it reflects back the radio waves from the reader. There is no infrastructure of readers looking for these chips and even if there was the child would have to be close enough to be found.

    The bracelet solutions work at an amusement park because they usually have a battery to extend the read range, plus the park has set up a series of RFID readers/portals through the park to collect the information as you move around. If the child leaves the park or is hiding in an area out of range then this solution won't work.

    The car tracking systems uses a few different technologies. But their devices are way to big to be implanted in anyone's body. Plus they need power and how would you change the battery?

    Posted by In the RFID Industry June 10, 10 10:21 AM
  1. A tracking device is a great idea.
    To those who say that a kidnapper can simply cut it out, how's he/she going to even know the child has it. It may act as a deterrent - good point in previous posts, and if I can find my missing child the same day he/she goes missing rather than 5, 10 who knows how many days later after he's been violated physically, sexually, even murdered maybe.. I'm willing to put a chip in him. Sure family, friends, trusted aquaintances may be the ones committing the crime, but the fact remains, my child would be missing and I can find him WAY quicker and hopefully before any real damage is done. I don't know about other parents, but I certainly wouldn't be advertising that my kid was chipped. At an apropriate age my child can have the chip removed, no big deal.
    Kidnapping and horrible acts have been commited against children since the beginning of time, we just hear about it so much now because of media/technology. News travels faster, and the world is trying to stop these things from occurring as opposed to just letting everything hide under the rug like people have been doing for centuries.
    I would definitely consider chipping my kids.

    Posted by Julia June 10, 10 11:53 AM
  1. This "chip" might start off as a worth while thing to do, when thinking about kids being kidnapped/murdered BUT eventually the antichrist will come on the scene (very soon from the looks of the signs Jesus gave us), and then the "chip" will be a whole other story.

    "He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave,

    to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads,

    and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark,

    or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."

    (Rev 13:16-17)

    Posted by Gloria June 10, 10 12:51 PM
  1. I say no just incase this is the mark of the beast. My son is 25 and has a 8 month daughter. We will always find ways to protect her as I protected my son.

    Posted by sandy June 10, 10 01:05 PM
  1. this chip with a 16 digit number reminds me of WW2 ...of the numbers that were tatted on their hands... :-/ history is repeating itself.

    Posted by Beyond June 10, 10 01:55 PM
  1. Are you serious about the whole "mark of the beast thing"? Really? Based on EG Anderson's description in the comments, the mark could just as easily be a reaction from skin tests for common allergens, or vaccinations (anyone still have that round scar on their shoulder or ankle from the 1970s? Yeah, most Americans do), or a tattoo. Or, for that matter, a splinter, a keloid scar, acne, or the result of a dreadful shirt-ironing accident.

    Get a grip, people.

    Posted by Maya June 10, 10 02:09 PM
  1. This whole article is just sensationalism. RFID tags do NOTHING to help find missing children. You have to bring the tag within a few feet of a scanner that's programmed to look for the missing kid. If we could get within a few feet of Kyron, we wouldn't need a scanner to find him.

    Posted by Fernando June 10, 10 03:33 PM
  1. Much more of a risk getting a cancerous tumor from the implanted chip than to have your child snatched by a stranger. If chipping becomes common, then the child will either have the chip surgically removed (by the snatching parent) or the kidnapper will cut off the child's hand.

    Posted by Kim June 10, 10 03:42 PM
  1. This seems VERY invasive to me. Its scary and sad, the reality kids will be kidnapped. We live in a dark world. Parents can do more proactive things like talking with their kids, being more present to their kids when they are out and about and ALWAYS checking in with the next care provider when there is any drop off. All parents get to a point of feeling relaxed about schools, at home (there's tons of adults watching the kids) the playground. The best thing we all can do for our kids is put our cell phones away and focus on the present with our kids. Micro-chipping anyone is craziness!

    Posted by AJ June 10, 10 04:08 PM
  1. this is ridiculous. NO NO and NO. this is the sort of thing that the nanny state liberation front on facebook is talking about. this whole chip idea has good intentions but think about the consequences. we will totally lose our freedom.

    Posted by Kane June 10, 10 04:21 PM
  1. While the idea should be commended, forcing children to have microchips inside them will lead to terrible things. We will be giving the government way too much power and slowly all of our privacies will be revoked. The government will have another way to slowly take over this country. The government is becoming too controlling, help fight it.

    There is a page on Facebook titled Nanny State Liberation Front, and they have a ton of informative pieces. They are a good read, and you should check it out, heck even join.

    Posted by Justin Willingham June 10, 10 04:36 PM
  1. While the idea should be commended, forcing children to have microchips inside them will lead to terrible things. We will be giving the government way too much power and slowly all of our privacies will be revoked. The government will have another way to slowly take over this country. The government is becoming too controlling, help fight it.

    There is a page on Facebook titled Nanny State Liberation Front, and they have a ton of informative pieces. They are a good read, and you should check it out, heck even join.

    Posted by Justin Willingham June 10, 10 04:47 PM
  1. Peter wrote: I am completely paranoid and am right now struggling on whether or not to allow my 6 year old to walk to school by herself (1/4 mile).

    Be sure to put a loaded gun in her Disney Princess Lunchbox so she can shoot whoever is trying to kidnap her.

    Seriously, you parents all live in Crazytown.

    And to Carolyn, the woman whose daughter was held by someone she met on line, sorry, honey, but if you don't know what your daughter is doing online, and she is able to sneak out of the house, then you ARE NOT doing "my very best to protect my children". Far from it.

    Posted by Just_Cos June 10, 10 06:06 PM
  1. Can you say mark of the beast

    Posted by TP June 10, 10 08:06 PM
  1. I think that the idea of this being what the bible referred to as the "mark of the beast" is a little skewed.

    The bible stated that the mark would be of the beast, not a chip with a personal identification number. The chips would have an identification number specific to the person, not of an entity.

    Although I will say that this may be the way that the beast implements his mark in the future, I still don't believe that a chip that helps locate a child etc. is the same, that is, if you believe what the bible says. The mark of the beast will be a mark containing a number or symbol carrying the name of the beast on everyone that has it.

    In other words, the mark that would consist of a particular number or symbol would be the same for everyone, does that make sense?

    However, I say again, that isn't to say that this won't be the route the "beast" eventually uses to put his mark on people in the future, but these particular chips certainly aren't THE mark the bible is referring to in my opinion.

    I think if there is a lot of doubt among believers, then it probably isn't the real thing. Believers will see the truth as predicted in the bible, and he won't be very subtle. If you read the bible and look at the patterns and consistency of God, you will see he doesn't do things subtly in most cases. I would apply that consistency to this as well. He will show us without a doubt when that time comes.

    With that being said, I still will not be getting a chip. Because the idea of being tracked is unnerving in and of itself.

    Posted by T June 10, 10 09:59 PM
  1. Why don’t we just stop having kids….this world is way to messed!!! I feel part of the reason this world is so messed up is because the parents put there kids on meds. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS ADHD!!! However I do feel that there is ADD for adults, not children. They are kids let them be kids. When they don’t behave themselves smack them. When they mouth off slap them right in the mouth. The kids these days walk all over their parents and what do they do??? They just give them a pill. The kids are on uppers and downers. A pill to make them sleep a pill to keep them from falling asleep. That is what is wrong with this world. People are so chemically messed up and it is because of these people we trust, doctors and DSS, etc. When I was young and when my parents were young we were not abused….but we knew when we were in trouble. Corporal punishment is the way it should be!!! I strongly feel that the meds we give these kids are harming them. It only makes them worse. --- I have my child on Conserta. I am not happy about it and is scares me to death. His school made me and I hate them for it.

    Posted by Meds r making ppl nuts June 10, 10 10:00 PM
  1. You don't need to implant a gps chip to track someone, your cell phone tracks you already and that's not cancerous, right? All chlidren need is a small bracelet, or say, pierced earrings for girls, maybe something on their shoes, like laces, anything that the child wears on the outside would be satisfactory. Why in the hell is there so much commotion about the bad GPS stuff, it's going to be a lifesaver. Think about it. Now get to work Microsoft.

    Posted by Yourlocalangel June 10, 10 10:04 PM
  1. Don't bother. Kidnappers are desperate people. If they target a child for abduction then the child is going to be taken with a chip or without a chip. How the hell does the kidnapper know who has a chip? And let's face it, most kids that are abducted by strangers are dead within what.....three hours or something like that. What good will the chip do in these cases? In the Oregon case nobody even knew the boy was gone until seven hours later.

    If you are going to get your child a chip make it a bag of chips. Let them choose which kind. They'll appreciate that more.

    Hehehe

    Posted by T Styles June 10, 10 10:18 PM
  1. Some of you people have watched The Omen one too many times.

    Posted by poppy609 June 11, 10 10:10 AM
  1. I did not say that this was the mark of the beast, but in the FUTURE could lead to the mark. It would be no big thing this day and age to have a person "tracked". As for Maya's comment, about the mark being a vaccination or for that matter "a splinter, a keloid scar, acne, or the result of a dreadful shirt-ironing accident" -I highly doubt that the antichrist would be able to tack someone in that manner. I due note the mockery in your tone, but I suggest you sit down and read Revelations.

    Posted by Gloria June 11, 10 10:19 AM
  1. Absolutely. It's insurance when all other systems fail.

    Posted by Nero's Fiddle June 11, 10 12:39 PM
  1. This is just another perfect example of the nanny state that our government is pushing on us. The Nanny State Liberation Front page on Facebook has some great articles about other BS they're trying to pull on us too. Check it out and join the group to fight against the nanny state!!!

    Posted by Johnathan Higgins June 11, 10 04:50 PM
  1. There is no way I would microchip my children. That would not deter an abduction. First of all, how would the perpetrator know there was one in the first place to be deterred? And if the perpetrator found out after he abducted the child, all that would do would be to encourage him to remove it by knife or just plain dismemberment, etc. Right now, chipping is just an option. However, in the near future, with the right "crisis" created, it might become mandatory by the government. And don't discount what the Bible says in Revelation of the last days, when no one can buy or sell unless they are chipped in the hand or forehead, thus sealing their fate to eternal damnation. All this is just paving the way.

    Posted by Keri June 11, 10 08:14 PM
  1. No way. Tracking devices can be helpful to kidnappers as well, to make sure the kids don't escape or head to a police station, etc. Imagine the help it would do to white slavery, child trafficking, sex trafficking, etc. to make sure the bad guys' "merchandise" doesn't take off, etc. The government can also keep track of us and have a direct link into all of our data. This is another opportunity to grasp at something for more safety that will actually errode more of our liberty. Don't take the bait.

    Posted by Rebecca Nevin June 11, 10 10:15 PM
  1. Heck yes! AND my husband! AND me! I spent a cold, scary night on the desert with an armed kidnapper a few years back.

    Posted by Escaped and Still Alive June 12, 10 01:33 PM
  1. I must say it's sad that the government would use a parents loss of their abducted child against them to convince other parents that microchipping is the way to keep our children safe ......................... it says in the Bible the very elite will be fooled.....................the Bible says Don't fear the one who can destroy the body, but the one who can destroy the soul....................I feel for the people who say I just don't think that microchipping is the Mark of the Beast........... But if it is the mark of the beast what about your child's soul?........It is coming where we will all be chipped and yes I believe it will be required like a vaccination..................I believe that it will be the # of a man because men invented the chip and it will then be as jesus said "the mark of a man"................ watch and see of course they will make it sound good.............I figure it will go something like this..................microchip the children so we can find them if their abducted,lost, or a runaway ect..................microchip the adults to keep up with sexual predators, terrorists, and people in general............sounds like a good idea.............if I didn't know the word of GOD I may think like you people who would do anything to keep your children safe................I would do anything to keep my children safe to, but not that because of my christian faith..........and before long they will try to do away with all religions, they are already blaming religion for the worlds problems............it is just another freedom we will be robbed of..........Can't anyone else see it coming?

    Posted by For those who are blinded June 13, 10 01:16 AM
  1. According to the stats in the article this problem is almost nonexistent as far as it happening to your child. Still, it happens and people don't want it to be their child. Of all the things that can be done to avoid this, I would think that chipping your child would be the least effective. It might be good for identifying the body after the fact. Of course this would be different if chip technology were used on a daily basis for the general population.

    I, like many people, do not trust the government. They are the greatest threat to our freedom. As it now stands, they are slowly eroding our freedoms and privacy and someday we will wake up completely enslaved by them. I use the term enslaved loosely, but as an example, this happened to the Germans during WWII. After the war, many Germans were asked how they could let this horrific war happen, and most replied that it happened so slowly that by the time they realized it, it was already too late. That said...

    Chip technology or something like it is inevitable. Eventually we will also move to a cashless society and when that happens, we will be completely under government control. Everything we do, every place we go will be recorded in a database somewhere. Our lives can be destroyed at the push of a button. So the question is... Do you trust your government so much that you would give them this much power over your life?

    Frankly, I have never met anyone except perhaps my closest friend that I trust completely.

    I realize that this issue is about missing children, but it is also about chip technology.

    As for your children... You need to watch them all the time and don't rely on technology to do the work for you. Still, children will do things when you are not watching and there is nothing you can do to stop it.

    As for chip technology... Before you give this much power to government people, you need to make sure they cannot abuse it. The only way to do this is to, as silly as it sounds, strap a camera to their heads and send the feed to the Internet so all of us can watch everything they do. They shouldn't have a problem with this unless they have something to hide. I say, No more secrets and no more lies.

    Posted by Steve June 13, 10 12:40 PM
  1. This will lead to the "Mark of the Beast"! You wont be able to buy or sell unless you have that mark. Well, it would be this sort of technology that will make buying and selling possible. Having your pets chipped, your kids, the elderly who have medical issues is a way to sell this thing to the public. It is getting people used to the idea and it all seems like no big deal but it is. Your eternal soul is at risk. Good luck people. I suggest you forget chipping your pets and loved ones and just keep a better eye out for them. We ARE living in the end times and people who are on the side of the GREAT DECEIVER are working overtime to make people accept what is inevitable according to the Bible and The Book of Revelations. Pray for guidance from OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST! God Bless.

    Posted by Lyndy June 14, 10 10:38 AM
  1. this is ridiculous. Nanny state at its worst.

    Posted by Jack June 14, 10 12:13 PM
  1. This is exactly what the Illuminati ( elite ) wants! To chip the whole wordlpopulation after 3/4 of the population is terminated. So they have total control. They want to chip everybody to make slaves out of us.
    It started with animals, prisoners, sick older people, children are next and then the rest of us ordinairy people. I can only say one thing THINK!!!! WAKE UP!!!!
    An RFID chip causes damage to your healt ( cancer etc. ) because of the electromagnetic radiation. And you are monitored and followed by satellites who orbite around the Earth.GPS ( global positioning )
    They can find you everywhere, even in the jungle of South America. You're privacy means nothing anymore when you are chipped.
    It's a stupid thought to think your children are save by having them chipped. Keep a better eye on your children instead of chipping them!
    In future you'll be even forced to be chipped. When you dont want to, you'll get no healthcare, no money, no insurances etc. Welkom to the New World Order! Read the book of revelations and wake up!!

    Posted by Carmen June 14, 10 12:20 PM
  1. YES

    I'm a parent. No other explanation needed.

    Posted by Jenna July 10, 10 12:23 PM
  1. "As for chip technology... Before you give this much power to government people, you need to make sure they cannot abuse it. The only way to do this is to, as silly as it sounds, strap a camera to their heads and send the feed to the Internet so all of us can watch everything they do. They shouldn't have a problem with this unless they have something to hide. I say, No more secrets and no more lies."

    The above comment is the most ridiculous and incredulous thing I've every read! "They shouldn't have a problem with this?" Would YOU? So now we've gotten to the point where it's okay to violate someone's privacy. Well, if it's okay, lets "strap a camera" on Your head and watch everything you do. Also, just for laughs, lets install chip to pick up your "thoughts." Yeah, that's it! We get to see all your perverted, sick, racist tendencies. Never mind that everyone's brain in the Western world has been conditioned to certain knee-jerk mental responses by our wonderful media, and that although we all have these knee-jerk responses mentally, we DON'T ACT ON THEM, nor say them.

    So yeah, guy.. It would be a wonderful idea to see what you're seeing as well as what you're thinking, and let all the ignorant people who don't have a damn clue about psychology or mind-reading technology peek into the life of someone who's been subjected to this horrible form of experimentation (as a child -- remember, this child was implanted with a chip for "protection" against abductions at one time -- now its been misused and the same govt that said it was for the child's own good has decided to use it for behavioral experimentation, and now telling the world that this child who did nothing wrong is someone deserving of harassment, just to get morons like the guy who i quoted above to go along with it), and let them draw their own negative conclusions about everything they're witnesses (based on their own closet immorality of course).

    You know what? I changed my mind. I say YES!. GET your child chipped ASAP! So the gov't will have more people to experiment on in the future, and will have more idiots like the person I quoted above peek into and disrupt your child's life for his sick enjoyment. They'll be able to see everything your child does (like a camera strapped to their head), including dressing and undressing. Wouldn't that make pervs everywhere proud (like that nutball I quoted)?

    SO GET EM CHIPPED! The gov't (and private corps, and evil, sicko, wannabe politicians who can't run for office in certain states because they have a felony conviction and uses his youth group to carry out exploitation and experimentation (under gov't contract by intelligence agencies) of adults who were implanted with this things back when they were children in the 80s) needs more underground entertainment.

    Toodles.

    Posted by DKatt July 28, 10 09:56 AM
  1. fAs the parent of a child with Down Syndrome who still does not talk at the age of 6.I would welcome any help I can get for a child with a 6 year old body and a maybe 2 year old mind. This past Friday she got away from her Grandparents and 2 brothers. the entire neighborhood her father and myself searched for about an hour , just as the police arrived we found she had wondered into a neighbors home and into a bedroom and shut the door behind her.They did not even realize she was there. I would have loved any help I could get at that time!

    Posted by Kim Howard August 16, 10 07:40 PM
  1. NO no nohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

    Reason, I may sound crazy, but that's what Illuminati-es want, implant chip in our wrists, if don't trust me watch videos of Leo Zagami and David Icke on you tube. If do not wanna think in that way.

    The think in this way, why the hell a kid should be dissected to get a chip implanted by some abusing parents, why should there childhood should be ruined, if people keep on supporting it, then I think Earth should be handed to robots, isn't it who have no feelings, just take order from others, then why we should have sex, and give birth to a life when they have to be sublimed with codes of 10101010(i.e. chips), and then one day won't be far when parents will beg to get the chips on there child brain to make him or her most intelligent, depending how much money you will spend to buy a chip.

    Get a life, people and live life the way it is meant for.

    Posted by asheem chhetri August 24, 10 08:14 AM
  1. As the mother of an eight year old autistic son who tends to wander my answer is YES YES YES. Him being autistic doesn't make him any less human does it? Isn't it our obligation as parents to keep our children as safe as possible in a world that becomes more and more insane. You ask any of the parents who's children were abducted whether or not they wished they would have put a chip in their child and I think you know what the answer would be. This is not a moral question it is a safety question. If you are a parent who does not agree with "chipping" your child then of course you are entitled to your opinion. But please do not frown upon others for having a different opinion.

    Posted by Kristy Morrison September 29, 10 06:01 PM
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