She acknowledged her inclination towards being overly cautious and that she considers the AirTags a genius solution.
Protecting kids from any evident danger and ensuring that they are always under your surveillance is a parental instinct. Kids tend to frolic around, explore and get lost in the process and looking for them when they are out of sight is one of the scariest experiences for any parent.
Vada Stevens, a mom from North Carolina, recently went viral for revealing that she tracks her children's locations with Apple AirTags. She said she isn't afraid of being called a "crazy mom" to ensure their safety, according to TODAY. She posted a video of her daughters wearing Apple AirTags on TikTok, sparking a debate among parents.
"I saw a TikTok about a mom who puts Apple AirTags in bracelets on her kids, and I thought it was the coolest thing," Stevens said in the video. Showing off the bracelet, she added, "You can find them on Amazon, and you can track them and make a beeping noise, and you can train your kids to come when they hear a beeping noise." Stevens practiced using the AirTags with her daughters, Stella, 4, and Serena, 2, who ran to her when she pressed a button. "You beeped for us," the girls said. "What did you need?"
"I am extremely paranoid about everything safety," Stevens admitted. "I thought the bracelets were genius." Although her kids are homeschooled and regularly visit their grandparents for sleepovers or outings, Stevens said the AirTags are always worn at Disney World and trampoline parks. "Instead of calling my parents to say, 'Where are you?' I check the AirTags," she added. "I want to know that if anything were to happen, I could track my kids immediately."
Apple reported that the location of an AirTag is tracked through a Bluetooth signal, be it in a bag or a keychain. Parents can locate the tag using the "Find My" app on an iPhone or an Apple watch.
The mom of two, who is 8 months pregnant, said she is more concerned about her younger daughter, Serena. "My 2-year-old does not pay attention and runs off so if she happens to get lost, the Airtag is a perfect way to find her," she shared. "It just takes one second to look away from your kid, and they’re off in a crowd somewhere."
However, some parents don't agree with her and she has received hateful remarks about forcing her children to wear dog-like tags. "I try to stay away," she said of the negative feedback she has received. "No matter what it is, you'll always have parents with something negative to say."
"Parenting is a competition for some to see who can be the best mom," she added. "Through social media, people feel they can say whatever comes to mind because they're typing behind a keyboard." She does not care if people call her weird or obnoxious for being all over her daughters. "In this day and age, you can't ever be too protective," she noted. "People think I'm a crazy mom — one even said I needed to sign my child up for therapy. I'm doing this to prevent my children from being taken or lost. I am going to do my best to know exactly where they are."
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