Technology has new tools for parents that are faced with allowing parental visitation. Knowing that your child must spend time with a visiting parent known to be an abuser can be overwhelming and feelings of powerlessness can quickly turn a simple park visit into a stressful situation.
Mobile cameras and tracking devices can be just the things you need when you must comply with visits and sleep overs.
Almost half of marriages in the USA turn to divorce according to the National Marriage and Divorce Rate Trends for 2000-2021. In 2021, about 210,746 children in the United States were abused by their mother while, 132,363 children were abused by their father in that year according to statistical reports from 2021.
This data is evidence that children are likely to be in great danger even when their parents get a divorce. Also points out those entrusted with the responsibility to protect kids, are more likely to be the cause of concern. The truth is that both parents have lots of rights and the legal system is not equipped or evolved enough to really argue on behalf of all children’s best interest. Some cases are simply complicated, and adults are rarely helpful to the process as they get in the way of proper assessments and hold on to rights that some should just not have.
How exactly do these tech tools work and what can you expect? There are many different situations, and the outcomes will vary based on what tools you use, when you use them, the age of your child and your very particular situation.
Mobile cameras are a brand-new technology that lets you see and hear live from wherever you are. These cameras are worth every penny as you can gain full access perspective as if you were present. It also lets you better examine safety conditions and monitor for possible ongoing abuse your child may experience while away on this visit.
Cameras come in different options that can be used by kids of varying ages with our favorite being the Teddy Bear Cam which works great with babies and toddlers. These children are often most at risk since they lack the ability to communicate fully and clearly. They are also more susceptible to coercion into silence.
When it comes to tracking, parents can gain insight into the whereabouts of a child. Tracking tags are inexpensive, but often broadcast their presence which will defeat the purpose. Instead, we recommend a real GPS tracker. These are bigger than tags but can still be integrated into diaper bags, car seats, backpacks and other large items that will travel and likely stay with your child during the visit.
Abused spouses make great strides by going through with a divorce, we hope to help end the abuse cycle by creating awareness on how readily available technology can help keep kids safe and give caring parents a sight of earned empowerment.