JAMIE OLIVER ADMITS TRACKING DAUGHTERS LOCATION ON APP
‘We can see exactly where everybody is and the route they’ve gone’ Jamie Oliver has admitted to using an app which allows him to track where his daughters are at all times. Parenting experts say it could cause problems down the line.
In an interview with Woman magazine, the British Chef said he uses a smartphone app called Life360 to monitor the locations of his teenage daughters, 16-year-old Poppy, and 15-year-old Daisy.
“The older girls, Jools and I are all on an app called Life360, which means we can see exactly where everybody is and the route they’ve gone,” Jamie Oliver said.
“So if one of the girls says, ‘I’m going to Camden Town’ and I can see they’ve gone to Reading, then we have a problem.
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“They can check on me, too, and see how fast I’m driving. It’s brilliant.”
According to Life360’s website, the app was designed to “keep families and close friends connected” and allow users to set alerts for when someone leaves or arrives at home.
The celebrity chef installed the app after a burglary attempt at his home earlier this month, where Jamie Oliver allegedly chased the intruder down the street and held onto him until the police arrived.
While tracking apps might be controversial, parenting expert Elizabeth O’Shea claims they’re fairly common among parents today.
However, they could pose problems down the line, she said to The Independent.
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“When a parent tracks their child, the child feels monitored, spied-on and controlled.
“The child knows that parents are watching them, and doesn’t feel it’s okay to make mistakes.”
In order for a child to be street-wise and self-reliant, it’s crucial to establish trust between them and the parent, she adds something which tracking apps undermine.
“Can you imagine how you would feel if your boyfriend put a tracker on your phone? Well, that’s how it feels to a teenager: intrusive and unwanted,” she adds.
Plus, if a parent uses a tracking app to catch their child out in a lie, it understandably may make the child resentful towards them.
If parents are concerned about their child’s whereabouts, the most important thing is to have an honest conversation with them. They should voice their concerns and be empathetic to their child’s response, O’Shea suggests.
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“Ultimately, parents who have the best relationships with their teenage children are the ones who make time to listen to their teenagers without being judgemental or critical.
“They offer support and help them work out the solutions to their own problems, so the teenager feels able to go to them for advice.”
Obviously, when a child comes from a famous family like the Olivers, concerns regarding safety are amplified, she adds, which may warrant taking extra precautions.
How do you feel about tracking apps? Would you track your kids like
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