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Risky teen behavior may not occur at home or school: but how to track?
Indiana University ^ | Unknown

Posted on 03/24/2008 7:09:40 AM PDT by decimon

INDIANAPOLIS – How can researchers track where teens go when not in or near home or school to see if this movement has an impact on health-related behavior such as smoking or sexual activity" The answer is through that ubiquitous teen accessory – the cell phone.

In a paper published in the April issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health researchers from Indiana University School of Medicine report on a pilot study which evaluated the feasibility of using global position system -enabled cell phones to track where 14- to 16-year-old girls spent their time.

“We didn’t know if the technology would work, if the kids would take the cell phones with them or would leave them at home. But they did carry the phones and the GPS data revealed that they were spending more time away from home, school and surrounding areas than anticipated. Learning that we were able to track their movement is important because previous studies which have looked at the effect of environment on teens have focused only on home, school and surrounding areas,” said Sarah Wiehe, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor of pediatrics at the IU School of Medicine and a Regenstrief Institute affiliated scientist.

“A person’s environment in some way influences or is at least associated with their health and health outcomes and in the case of adolescents their health behaviors. But we don’t have a great idea of why that association exists. What in the environment is contributing to behavior choices such as drug use" When tracked with GPS we know where the teens are and when they are there but we don’t know what they are doing. Now that we know that the technology works, that the girls took their phones with them, we need to learn the characteristics of the environments in which they find themselves,” she added.

This pilot study of the feasibility of GPS tracking to discern teen travel patterns was supported by the IU School of Medicine’s General Clinical Research Center’s Health Outcomes and Research Feasibility Fund. Based on the success of the initial project, the researchers have received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to enroll 160 urban teenage girls in a study to track their movements in spring, summer, fall and winter (to account for seasonal variations). They hope to learn much more about how teenage girls interact with their many environments in ways that impact health.

“We are at the tip of the iceberg seeing where and how teens spend time. As a doctor charged with keeping kids healthy, I am hoping our studies will result in interventions, perhaps something as simple as text messages encouraging healthy behavior or something we haven’t even thought of yet, that will encourage good choices,” said Dr. Wiehe, who is a pediatrician with the Wishard Health System.

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In addition to Dr. Wiehe, authors of the study are Shawn C. Hoch, M.S. and Jeffery S. Wilson, Ph.D. of the Department of Geography, School of Liberal Arts, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis; Gilbert C. Liu, M.D., M.S. and Aaron E. Carroll, M.D., M.S. of the IU School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute; and J. Dennis Fortenberry, M.D., M.S. of the IU School of Medicine.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: riskybehavior; teens
“We are at the tip of the iceberg seeing where and how teens spend time. As a doctor charged with keeping kids healthy, I am hoping our studies will result in interventions, perhaps something as simple as text messages encouraging healthy behavior or something we haven’t even thought of yet, that will encourage good choices,” said Dr. Wiehe...

Dr. Wiehe is surely well-intentioned but she's something of a creep.

1 posted on 03/24/2008 7:09:40 AM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

Police Charge Teen In $24K In Damage To Soccer Field [OnStar GPS]

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1990483/posts


2 posted on 03/24/2008 7:15:21 AM PDT by Sax
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To: decimon

Let me paraphrase - Raise them right in the ways of the Lord and they shall not stray from that path.

I found it to work most of the time.


3 posted on 03/24/2008 7:16:09 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: decimon

Yoy. I could save the good Dr. the trouble - I can tell you where my 14 year old daughter is at any given moment - because I actually parent and pay attention. And she doesn’t have a cell phone to track, so that wouldn’t work anyway.


4 posted on 03/24/2008 7:16:36 AM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Nope. Not gonna do it.)
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To: decimon

Just like putting a radio collar on a wild animal. Next we’ll dart them and take samples to check for dope and STDs. Good job for Scott Ritter, tracking 16 year old girls.

Text messages urging healthy behavior?

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5 posted on 03/24/2008 7:23:47 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: Resolute Conservative

Oh, but that takes time away from a “fulfilling career” and “American Idol”.

Better to have society raise the kids so that I have more free time to be irresponsible and indulge myself.


6 posted on 03/24/2008 7:26:16 AM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: decimon
Disney (yes that disney) ALREADY has a Child GPS tracking phone service. You buy the disney branded phone and one of the available services is a mapping of where the phone goes.

Of course there are a HOST of GPS tracking bracelets for children.

http://www.directionsmag.com/companies/Extremtrac_GPS/products/GPS%5DGPRS_bracelet_tracking_watch/ GPS/GPRS bracelet tracking watch

Overview

The ET1000 is a GPS / GPRS bracelet tracking device, A smallest GPS tracking device which can be carried on wrist, it is an elegant design for child, climbing, skiing, outdoor adventure, elderly care, patients who need urgent helps, it can also be used for pet tracking, asset and equipment tracking. Advantages: 1. Report GPS position to the web server, together with time, speed, alert message, etc. 2. Support to work with web software by GPRS or with stand alone PC software by SMS communication. 3. Special red button for emergent help report. 4. Voice monitoring, users can dial in to listen the surrounding voice status around the unit. Dial out buttons. 5. Self-contained (built-in antenna and battery, weigh 85g), easy to carry. 6. Low consumption, a long standby of 3-15 days (depend on working mode). 7. Geofence: Send geofence alert report when the unit is in or out of pre-defined geofencing area. 8. Record and report the last location when the unit is without signal. 9. Covert alert; Able to communicate with a fixed number. 10. Auto-start the sleeping mode when the unit has no movement for a certain period. 11. Power and signal indicator. Parameters: 1. GPS chip: SIRF III 2. Channel: 20 3. Sensitivity: -159dBm 4. Precision: 5m 5. Acquisition time: Cold: 35s / Hot: 1s / Repetition: 0.1s 6. Charger: Car Charger: Input-12V, output-5V; Wall Charger: Input-110 to 220V, output-5V 7. Chargeable / Changeable 3.7v 1200mAh Li battery.







Many of these are used by neurotic mothers in child custody cases after the judge denies supervised visitation because the mother thinks “he is going to steal MY child”.

First time I saw this concept was in the courthouse on some tiny kids wrist and it looked like a medical device. The other lawyers and I were wondering what was wrong with the child until the balif stationed outside the chambers let us know it was part of a nasty divorce in the neihboring judges chambers.

7 posted on 03/24/2008 7:27:06 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: decimon

Any parent worth their salt knows where, with whom, and what their kids are doing.


8 posted on 03/24/2008 7:28:00 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (The fence is "absolutely not the answer" - Gov. Rick Perry (R, TX))
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To: DBrow

Exactly right.


9 posted on 03/24/2008 7:33:10 AM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (IX-XI -- numquam didici)
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To: mtbopfuyn

> Any parent worth their salt knows where, with whom, and what their kids are doing.

Yup.

And any kid with half an imagination would find many creative ways to thwart Mom and Dad spying on them via their cellphone.

Want to know where your kids are and what they are doing? If you raise them right you can always talk to them, and they will always tell you. And sometimes they will even be proactive about it.


10 posted on 03/24/2008 7:34:06 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghill mi do dhuine. Fg am bealach.)
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To: All

Where do you folk see this going? Parental control? As in the Orwell reference, to state control and most likely through the schools?


11 posted on 03/24/2008 7:47:21 AM PDT by decimon
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To: Resolute Conservative

...not all the time, though...The wildest kids I know, and knew, are preachers kids. A good friend who diffently brought up his kids in a great enviorn is now facing drugs, and much trouble.


12 posted on 03/24/2008 7:51:37 AM PDT by devane617 (Find friends, ditch enemies !)
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I think the best way to influence kids to become conservative is for the nanny state to send them preachy text messages.

Not only do they get that nonsense at school, now it's following them around. I love it!

Of course, it was my kid who told teachers he wasn't signing an abstinence pledge. He told them his sexual activity or lack their of was absolutely none of their business.

13 posted on 03/24/2008 7:55:26 AM PDT by Dianna
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To: Dianna

we humans must experience. no amount of ‘passing on experience’ will work. preaching ‘right and wrong’ has limited impact. the best lesson is: be crazy if you must, but don’t be stupid.


14 posted on 03/24/2008 8:10:35 AM PDT by devane617 (Find friends, ditch enemies !)
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To: DieHard the Hunter
Yup. And any kid with half an imagination would find many creative ways to thwart Mom and Dad spying on them via their cellphone. Want to know where your kids are and what they are doing? If you raise them right you can always talk to them, and they will always tell you. And sometimes they will even be proactive about it.

Yeah, and when that doesn't work, sometimes you have to follow them, go inside and yank them out by their earlobe in front of their peers.

15 posted on 03/24/2008 8:33:57 AM PDT by jennyjenny
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To: jennyjenny

> Yeah, and when that doesn’t work, sometimes you have to follow them, go inside and yank them out by their earlobe in front of their peers.

(big grin!) being frog-marched by Mom in front of one’s peers can have a salutory — almost Christianizing — effect on errant adolescents, to be sure!


16 posted on 03/24/2008 8:40:20 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghill mi do dhuine. Fg am bealach.)
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To: decimon
I like to extrapolate, sometimes to extremes. I don't think a liberal government would allow parents to have more control over kids, when the parents are not trained for it as school administrators and teachers are.

Schools are much like prisons now, physically (the newer ones have big roll-down steel doors to isolate sections of the building for “security”), and they have lockdowns for various “safety” reasons, just like prisons.

Kids are required to do “community service” just like parolees and those criminals not sent to jail.

So why not mandatory tracking bracelets or collars or ankle wrapped units, just like criminals?

You'd know right where the kid (and later adult) was all the time so government could keep them safe.

Like the second “Aliens”, they found all the colonists down in the air processing plant because that all, every one, had tracking beacons.

How can government keep you safe and healthy if they don't know where you are, who you are with, what you are doing, and what you are eating? You may also be engaging in risky speech, listening to risky speech, or possibly even be exposed to hate speech!

17 posted on 03/24/2008 9:10:35 AM PDT by DBrow
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