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Tracking your willing child while they study abroad


Replies to: Tracking your willing child while they study abroad

  • OriginalAppleOriginalApple Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Take a look at this...
    Have always been interested in emergency beacons, have no experience with this model but it does look like it has coverage that you need. http://www.findmespot.ca/en/index.php?cid=108
    My son was in China and will be in Peru next month and I do understand your concerns. Hate to see people get beat up like they do on a forum where help is sought.
    Good luck to your daughter.
  • sally305sally305 Registered User Posts: 7,604 Senior Member
    Honestly, the only way to truly "track" your daughter would be to have a microchip implanted in her body that is connected to some sort of GPS system.

    Imagine feeling comfortable that you had installed software on her iPhone or given her a tracking system to use, and then watching in alarm from home as your daughter appeared to be going into a dangerous place halfway around the world. By the time she found a way to get in touch with you to say her phone had been lost or stolen, you would have completely freaked out.
  • fieldsportsfieldsports Registered User Posts: 550 Member
    OP, I will PM you.
  • sseamomsseamom Registered User Posts: 4,905 Senior Member
    Sally, OP said they would be willing to have a chip implanted in themselves if their family wished...so it's entirely possible they have considered the idea for their child. I get the concern-my 14 yo spent 10 days in Ghana last summer where internet connection and phone service was spotty, AND the kids were not allowed to use their phones for anything but photos. We had to rely on the tour directors to update us. Of course, they didn't visit and "insane asylum" either.

    But I tried to remember that even as recently as my D's older siblings being teens (they are 10 and 14 years older), we did not have 24/7 access to our kids' wherabouts. Our parents and grandparents traveled all over the country or the world without anyone knowing where they were. THEIR ancestors crossed oceans on boats with no communication access. I fear that we'd all still be living in our ancestors homelands if 24/7 access had existed back then. What a shame.
  • lookingforwardlookingforward Registered User Posts: 32,425 Senior Member
    Gee they seem to have 3 Starbucks in Ho Chi Minh City, with WiFi. Kentucky Fried Chicken. Have to say, having trouble googling an "insane asylum" there on travel sites. Or is this a visit to a routine mental hospital?
  • coolweathercoolweather Registered User Posts: 5,949 Senior Member
    edited November 2014
    Believe it or not, it is a lot easier to find a free wireless network hotspots in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City than major cities in North America.

  • coolweathercoolweather Registered User Posts: 5,949 Senior Member
  • soccerguy315soccerguy315 Registered User Posts: 7,245 Senior Member
    I've used "Find My iPhone" to locate/track my daughters (with their permission) in Mexico and Punta Cana. Not sure how far that service extends. It was comforting to be able to log in from time to time and know where they were.

    this doesn't track your daughters... it tracks their phones.

    IMO, they are much more likely to have their phones stolen than meet more significant dangers.
  • AKFireflyAKFirefly Registered User Posts: 213 Junior Member
    My biggest piece of advice for parents of students going on exchange is to make sure your kids understand 100% what health insurance they have and how to communicate that information. Having an idea or two about where they will seek health care in the event of an emergency, both inpatient and outpatient is important too, and particularly if they have any kind of chronic illness (to include psychiatric conditions.)

    I just returned two weeks ago from having to retrieve my college-age daughter from a government hospital in Turkey. The conditions were absolutely horrific. The school did not understand, and she did not know enough to communicate the adequacy of our health coverage (and she actually had two plans in place; a student plan, and our family insurance, which is military) so she was sent to the state facility. In the end we required Embassy involvement to get her released to us. (and no, there was no criminal activity involved. This was simply a girl who went for help getting her anti-depressant adjusted, and language difficulties led to an absolute nightmare.)

    As far as the tracking, I don't see it being terribly helpful. This same daughter had previously spent an entire year in Turkey as a high schooler, as well as the two months as a university student before becoming ill. They are adults at this point. My daughter did check in with us regularly via Facebook and such.
  • blossomblossom Registered User Posts: 9,595 Senior Member
    Firefly- hope your D is doing well now.

    Excellent post btw- and make sure your kids traveling abroad understand if they have evacuation/overseas insurance. People frequently think the coverage is only for a catastrophic illness (and sometimes it is) but sometimes it covers more routine matters if the local hospital refers out for a particular injury or issue.

    Read the fine print.
  • GMTplus7GMTplus7 Registered User Posts: 14,567 Senior Member
    edited December 2014
    Seriously... I'd be more concerned about dengue than kidnap.

    Pack mosquito repellent. The fishing dept in Walmart sells tiny, pocket-sized spray vials of high% DEET. These fit nicely inside a TSA quart-sized ziploc.
    Even cities have mosquitos/dengue; several expats I know have contracted it. I also have a scandanavian friend who contracted chikungunya in SE Asia (probably from mtn biking in the country) and had to go back to the home country for kidney failure.

    Again, I recommend an International SOS subscription.
  • neuroticparentneuroticparent Registered User Posts: 684 Member
    AK, so sorry about your daughter - hope she is feeling better.

    Our son's debit card transactions while abroad have been like a tracking device!
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