Should Teachers Track Students Via Their Smart Phones?

If your students like to play hooky, wander off, or just not show up to school…would you try to find them? What if it were very easy to find out where a student is depending on their phone’s location?

As you know, students are very connected and it’s all thanks to smartphones. A new app has just hit the Apple App Store and it’s designed to help family members or friends find out where another person is. It’s an advanced version of the ‘Hey Where Are You?’ app that simply requests a person’s location. This one actually seems to give you the person’s location. The only thing they need to do is have given you permission at some point to track their location. It’s also available for the iPad but that seems only worthwhile if you have an iPad with 3G. Here’s the skinny from the company that built the app:

Family Tracker App For the iPhone 4 Tracks Users 24-7

The first iPhone app dedicated to tracking family members.

Longwood, FL – July 27, 2010 — After the success of their Sex Offenders Search app, LogSat Software released an update for another of their iPhone applications – Family Tracker. Family Tracker allows you to track your wife, husband, children and fiancée 24/7 using the new multitasking feature in the Apple iOS4.

The new Family Tracker runs in the background on the iPhone, constantly updating its GPS location. Spouses can thus instantly know their partner has safely reached their destination at home, work or during long trips. Parents can know if their children are exactly where they should be, and didn’t sneak out without permission. The location can also be viewed from a web browser, so a parent without an iPhone can still easily locate the family members. Privacy concerns are nonexistent , as the owner of the iPhone has to give prior consent in order to be tracked. Family Tracker allows peace of mind be letting you know where all your family members are at all times.

Family Tracker for the iPhone retails for a one-time purchase of $3.99. AT&T offers a similar service that instead costs $14.99/month.

It’s a good bargain, though, compared to AT&T’s similar service that can cost $15/month. Family Tracker has a one-time payment of three dollars. Locations can be viewed from a browser, so you don’t even need an iPhone to play the most dangerous game—though your quarry does. Available here, now.

What do you think? Should teachers or schools use this app? Should families? Weigh in on Twitter by mentioning @edudemic or over on Socially Learning!