Technology is an important tool for improving many aspects of everyday life. The development of new and better technologies has been very important in the improvement of safety. This could be safety on the roads, in chemical plants, or in public safety in general. A very important area of safety is child safety. Technology continues to make a great difference in protecting the most vulnerable in society.
A Closer Look at Child Safety
Human safety is an important topic. Law enforcement agencies and people at the individual level need to be equipped with the tools and technology to protect people and themselves. Child safety is an even more pressing needs because many of the times, children can be powerless to protect themselves. Their physical strength, their exposure and knowledge, their ability to be influenced, and their lack of resources can all put children in a specially vulnerable situation. For infants and toddlers who are yet to develop their speech and mobility, there is an even greater risk.
Some of the evils plaguing society today include child abuse in all its various forms, child abductions and kidnapping, as well as a severe human trafficking crisis in many parts of the world. These issues may not have an easy fix, but there are many ways in which technology has made a difference and can make a greater impact still on child safety.
The Use of Technology for Child Safety
Many technologies which are around today made a lasting impact on child safety. There are also many new technologies being considered or already under development. Some of these technologies can be used by children themselves, while others are for use by parents, guardians, schools, law enforcement, government, and other bodies and organizations that work with or care for children.
The development and distribution of mobile phone with internet connectivity or without has been a game-changer. This means that kids and teens with access to these phones can call their parents, call their schools, call 911, or alert someone else if they are in an unsafe situation. Communication technologies mean that children in danger of any kind are not completely isolated.
Tracking devices and apps can also help parents and guardians keep track of their children. Often these are wearable technology, but research is certainly being done about implantable devices. Tracking devices and implantable devices may raise all kinds of ethical and moral concerns, but the basic idea is for guardians to know where their children are at all times. Should a child wander out of a preset radius from school or home, this could send an alert to the parent that something might be amiss. The potential for such technology can be great.
Embedding tracking and safety technology in a phone or smartwatch is often the easiest way to promote safety. This is because safety is often an afterthought. It’s not common to go around anticipating various dangers, but having the safety features and technology as part of everyday devices, makes safety an important issue all the time.
Another important technology that continues to make a huge difference in all kinds of safety situations is the use of cameras. Home and school surveillance systems can make a huge difference. Just having cameras present is a way to minimize crime in all its different forms. In the home and in infant care facilities, nanny cams can make a huge difference. When children are unable to speak up for themselves, abuse can go undetected. CCTV systems mean that infants are so much safer.
At large events, various technologies have been used to ensure that children do not get lost. There is still more room for safety devices and apps to ensure that children are protected.