Implanting Locator Chips in Kids: The Sooner, the Better

Don Tennant

The unthinkable happened again. CNN reported yesterday that a body believed to be that of a 7-year-old girl missing since January was found in Oklahoma. Suppose there had been a technology available to prevent this child's death. Should that technology have been put to use?


You might think the answer is obvious, but incredibly, it's a matter of heated debate. The technology is available, in the form of a GPS locator chip that could have been implanted in the child's body. If that little girl had been embedded with such a chip, she might have been found within minutes of having gone missing.


Even so, a lot of people are horrified by the idea of implanting a locator chip in a child. Having written on this topic in the past, I've quoted Scott McNealy, the former CEO of Sun Microsystems, who took a famously controversial stand on the issue:

If I could embed a locator chip in my child right now, I know I would do that. Some people call that Big Brother. I call it being a father.

The statement caused an uproar when McNealy made it in January of 2000, but it was a fairly moot point since at the time, the technology wasn't mature enough to be commercially viable. Thanks to major advances in implanted locator chip technology since then, these chips are being made available in other countries, including Mexico. Yet the idea remains taboo in the United States, where the "Big Brother" fear is apparently stronger than the fear of losing a child. That's as shameful as it is tragic.


I wholeheartedly agree with McNealy's position. To those who have a problem with that, I'll restate the challenge I've issued in the past:

Find me a parent with a missing child who wouldn't give anything to have had a GPS tracking device implanted in that child, and I'll keep quiet. Make a compelling argument that there's an abducted child who wouldn't feel the same way, and I'll shut up. Until then, I'll be a vocal advocate of thinking the unthinkable and doing something about it.

We have the technology. For the sake of our kids, let's have the fortitude to put it to use.

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Mar 30, 2010 5:24 PM Julia King Julia King  says:

Our local SPCA insists that chips be implanted in all adopted animals.

Mar 30, 2010 7:40 PM Eugenio Eugenio  says:

It's been used already in some fancy cars.  I guess they're more valuable than our kids.  Sad.

Mar 31, 2010 9:55 AM janna janna  says:

This chip implantation is part of a bigger project, the control of all human beings, it has been planned carefully by very powefull people. They decided to give a lot of media attention on dissapearence of children. Spread the fear among the population, to create the sensation of the positive side of implanting chips on people so people would accept the implantation. Is we allowed this to happend we would pay a much bigger prize, we would loose our freedom.

Think about it and research it by yourself. Do not trust this kind of project.

Mar 31, 2010 5:42 PM john raskob john raskob  says:

There is no such thing as a implantable GPS tracking device. The item used in pets is an information chip and must be scanned to receive the info. stored in it, you cannot track it. The device sold in mexico uses an external tracking device, the implanted part is for information only. Without the external unit there is no tracking. GPS units needs a constant power supply to send and receive location to be able to track. Child predators know all about them and simply shut the unit off or remove it and throw it in a passing truck, this gives them more time to get away. FBI stats say 44% of abducted children are dead within 1 hr. You must prevent your child from becoming missing! 

Apr 7, 2010 7:05 PM Bryan Bryan  says:

I absolutely understand the sentiment of this post.

However, I'd like to point out the size of the problem.

First the number of missing murdered children in the US:

According to the National Center for for Missing and Exploited Children approximately 100 missing children are found dead per year.  Of those ~76% are found within 3 hours of going missing.

Assuming the Wolfram Alpha estimate that there are 62.84 million children (0-15) in the US is correct we are talking about a problem that affects 0.00003819% of the population of the children in the US.

Now moving on past murder, according to the institute at any given time there are 800,000 missing children (0-18) of which 200,000 are kidnapped by family members, 58,000 by non-family members and 115 "stereotypical" kidnapping.

So that breaks down to high estimates (since the pop estimate is 0-15 and the missing child data is 0-18) of 1.27%, 0.313%, 0.0923% and  0.000183% of the children in the US respectively.

Apr 18, 2010 9:21 AM c c  says: in response to janna

After child hood you could have it removed that simple

May 28, 2010 11:14 AM Olivia Olivia  says: in response to janna

We have a child that is a flight risk whenever with the father for the 'cusdodial visit' or whenever he feels like exercising his right to be a dad. (court ordered). I live in fear for those 48 hours and would love to have a little piece of mind (even if it were a false sense of security) whenever my child is not around me.

Oct 10, 2010 5:55 PM Laura Laura  says: in response to Olivia

The chip implants exist in Mexico, they cost about $200 and work. I don't know if they would locate a child in the US but those companies offer good services. They can locate a person with a 8 meter maximum error (about 40 feet error)

Feb 16, 2011 11:51 AM Thomas Thomas  says:

I am so sick of this being an argument. All these people whining about "mark of the beast" and big brother need to STFU.

I have a 3yo daughter. I'd implant her in a heartbeat, and will if I can find an appropriate technology that is actually being used these days. If Mexico is the place, well Mexico is the place.

She can have it removed when she's 17 or 18. It'll only be used in emergencies. What is the f'ing problem here? Oooh, big brother will be tracking everyone.

No. Law enforcement and medical personnel will have access to my child's location, within a few yards, within moments, in the event she's abducted by a predator or missing or in an accident.

All these people crying about big brother: look at your cell phone. It probably has GPS on it. It's probably easily tracked right now. Several web sites you use daily probably know exactly where you are. There are even apps to find your precious lost cellphone via the included GPS - and they're highly rated.

You'll protect your f'ing smartphone but cry about a parent wanting to protect their child with the same technology. Get out of the way and let's make this a viable option for concerned parents.

If anyone knows of a company anywhere in the world that provides a reputable service implanting a GPS microchip in children, please contact me at ohearn dot thomas at gmail dot com.

Thank you.

Oct 20, 2011 5:22 PM Tina Tina  says: in response to Thomas

I couldn't have said it better myself! I think you read my mind.

Nov 12, 2011 6:57 PM kindra knoll kindra knoll  says: in response to Thomas

Agreed! I want my children found quickly, if anything ever happens to them. I could care less about "big brother" mentality. My children are more important than the paranoid delusion of " being followed".  Yes, get out of the way and let us protect our kids.

Nov 12, 2011 6:59 PM kindra knoll kindra knoll  says: in response to janna


Do you have children?

Dec 7, 2011 12:56 PM Malinda Hartwig Malinda Hartwig  says:

This article confuses me. I really don't know what to say. On the one hand the idea of putting chips in kids sounds so wrong! On the other hand it's comforting to know that you can supervise your child. Mine is still a baby, he's getting his www.storebrandformula.com">organic formula to grow healthy. If someone can assure me that there are no side effects I may consider it.

Jan 3, 2012 9:25 AM Diana Diana  says: in response to Thomas

I am a mother of a 2 year old daugther with special needs. That runs off any chance she gets, with no awareness of danger. So if you ask me if I would implant a gps chip on my child. YES!!!  and in a heartbeat... So please stop it with all that "Big Brother" crap.

Jan 29, 2012 2:38 PM Yolanda Yolanda  says: in response to Thomas

Hi Thomas (or anyone), Have you found a place in the United staes that does the implants???

Jan 29, 2012 2:46 PM Michele12 Michele12  says: in response to janna

To the people who say no, because it's the mark of the beast, y'all are morons!!! You are saying that god wouldn't want it and all this nonsense but when a child gets kidnapped, does god bring the child back? I guess all you Christians feel as though god will protect you, but kidnappings don't only happen to nonbelievers, it happens to Christians, Jews, Muslims, anyone. I have a 4 year old boy, and if anything ever happened to him I would lose my mind, especially to know that there was something that could have found him sooner and I chose not to get it for him. No I don't think getting a chip is a deterrent because noone should know the child has the chip, besides the mother and father. But I do believe it would be a helpful tool in finding a child that's missing lost or a runaway if they come up with the type of technology that is capable of tracking and is non cancerous. All you conspiracy theorists and anti govt nuts sound popostrious!!! Y in the world would the govt want to jus track your kids for no reason? The only way I think it would benefit the govt is if a teen commits a crime and they are trying to track them down, or if a parent has committed a crime and the child is with them and they're trying to find where they are at, which in either one of those situations, I don't think that it would be a bad use of the chip, but I do feel that the chip should only be used in child tracking purposes if a child is kidnapped missing or ran away. I think the people on saying no are the type of ppl who think " that won't happen to me". All parents can do is teach there kids right from wrong, it's up to the child to choose which path to take, and if something happens that's out of our or the childs control, I would love to be able to find my child. And for the record I am not atheist, I do believe there is a god, I jus don't believe in the bible and the things it claims god has said and wants us to follow! 

Mar 6, 2012 2:27 PM rochelle rochelle  says:

I cant believe there is one parent out here that would contest this! Even if your child has never been kidnapped or really truly gone missing, every single parent out there has gone through at least a brief couple of seconds where they have turned around and their child has stepped away. Its a panic stricken moment, and a horrible heart in your stomach feeling! I would not waste a second considering having my young (4,7) children implanted with a device that could lead authorities straight to him or her should this real emergency ever happen to one of them. So those of you who disagree with this idea, are you saying you would rather have a missing child that ends with devastating results the have your child feel as if their privacy has been invaded? I tell my children all the time they have no privacy when it comes to their safety until they are adults!

Mar 15, 2012 7:12 PM Trexler Trexler  says: in response to rochelle

Did anyone find the chip?  I would do it in a second.  It won't make me watch over my kids any less, but it will make me feel safer knowing that IF something happened, I could find them.  We just have to be responsible trusting parents who don't take advantage of having this sort of access to our children.  My daughter is 13, I am going to have to pull a B.A. Baracus on her.  Knock her out, implant the chip and then spray her with some sort of memory loss solution.

As long as I am not obsessed with her social/personal life, it is a good system.  Perhaps leave it up to 911.  You call them when you think they are missing, give them the code and they do the locating. 

I personally think we should start checking the houses of those paranoid of "the man"  If you have nothing to hide, then who gives a sh*%!!!!

If you are hiding something, then OF COURSE you don't want to be tracked

Apr 3, 2012 12:48 PM Jason Jason  says:

To all those that would get their children/child chipped,

Do you not realise this is just a natural progression towards controlling the general population?! Although you are slightly increasing your children's life expectancy, you are enslaving your grandchildren!!! :'(

I am not trying to tell anyone what to do, however, I do love my fellow humans being. I try not to judge him, and I try not to catergorize him.

I wish most of all, people wouldn't buy in to this man made, business state we live in.

Business was planned, as was control of the mass.... Business destroys everything, from soccer to baseball. Charities to music. We can all see this... So why can't we see how over the years more and more of our rights have been taken away, and more and more enslaved?

Instead of always progressing forward, we should just try to sustain a comfortable lifestyle for the foreseeable future. Maybe in the future we could pick up capatalism again if needs be?!?!

However, the people don't want to change the system we use, as they have theirown agenda, and the mass population are too self involved, furthermore the mass have brought the dream that was sold to them by the government! Thats why they are asleep to what is going on in the world!!

Apr 3, 2012 1:13 PM Jason Charles gray Jason Charles gray  says: in response to Jason

Furthermore, I have nothing to hide from "the man", like trexler suggested (for those uposed to the man).

Im just aware of the slow introduction of everything the government wants, and the slow reduction of which the government does not want. Also the history of the world and the corporate state in which we live in, and which is contiually being imposed on almost every human being in the world. Not by choice, or selection of choice over the years.

Please, please, please find out more about the world that has been imposed on us, before trying to reply to this or the previous message I posted under Jason. And I mean everything, from the nazi teaching methods used in schools, how the police were enforced, how the male slave were broken and bred with female slaves (Willie lynch). Also, the story of stuff, and, money as debt, are two videos you should watch that show we can not continue to live this system, and prove we have been deceived over the years, in to a situation that is less favourable than of those that are in power or to those that have REAL money. Not just a wage!! Wether that is minimum wage or /$100,000. Neither, are really that much of an amazing sum of money.

Apr 4, 2012 10:51 AM Jason Jason  says: in response to c

Okay, so if we allow that, with your suggested rule. How long will it be til that rule is taken away. Probably, once people from this generation are dead and gone, leaving only people that have had the chip in their lives. To them it will not be such a big issue. Then it gets completely imposed.

The government will create the idea in the general publics mind, that they need it to become compulsory.

So although it seems fine right now, it will enslave your grandchildren.

Apr 19, 2012 1:15 PM Tess Tess  says:

As a mother I can say with out a doubt I would pay to implant a GPS in my children. If just for a moment to know that "what if" the worst happened...the poilce would activate this chip and hopefully bring my child home in the first few hours. We ALL know those first few hours are SO important. This is so simple...you want it, get it...You don't want it, don't get it. It's my child and I say what is good for them..You don't like it..well shut up and sit down. You have a problem with this...well tell it to  our neighbor John Walsh whos son was taken and killed. Tell you problem to all those parents whos children have been taken. It's time to take a stand against those who have a sick mind.

Apr 25, 2012 11:03 AM Lets see Lets see  says:

This is technology gone wild. Using this as a justification to promote this propaganda is wrong and immoral. There are more kids that gets into accident and die every year from other accidents and events than such incident. Planting a damn chip into the human body under the skin is as crazy and techno-freakish as it can be. I mean come on people, wake up...

You lose your freedom, imagine what happens if the government soon requires everyone to have one of these in order to pass through borders? It's like the entire earth becomes a prison. There were rumors about a space laser satellite technology weapon that was being developed. These technologies are capable of precision targeting on these microchips. In other words, with a single word of command on the computer, you can be shot by one of these space laser gun coming from the sky as a result of this freaking microchip. Sounds crazy and paranoid? We live in one hell of a crazy world and these technologies are being actively pursued. I kid you not, soon it will be some kind of anti-terrorism measure or whatsoever. Check out THRIVE Movement for more information.

May 11, 2012 3:24 PM David Blais David Blais  says:

I am considering it because I have 2 autistic children. Some autistic kids tend to wander off and not even realize they are lost. I am deathly afraid of what could happen to a kid that cant even clearly say her name. I say its a good idea and dont even care if big broyher is watching. Maybe hell help me find my kid.

May 28, 2012 1:56 PM Alexandra Alexandra  says: in response to Thomas

Bravo. People so concerned about "freedom" are so spoiled, shortsighted, and heartless they need to be reminded that a child's right to be protected and stay alive is the ultimate freedom.

Jun 9, 2012 1:47 PM Frank C. Frank C.  says:

I will present two scenarios for reasons pro temporary monitoring implantation:


(The most feared- and typical-based scenario)

    Sixteen year old Steph comes home from school, finishes her homework, and settles in the couch to watch some television.After a few hours she becomes bored and decides to call up one of her girlfriends to see what she is up to.Her best friend, Katie, answers the call and they begin discussing the school days events and proposing what to currently do.

    After reminiscing, Katie decides to suggest to go to the mall and "window shop", and Steph agrees.Steph has recently obtained a driver's license and her parents purchase a used car for her to drive around and improve her driving skills.Steph tells Katie she will head down and pick her up.She yell's out into the home, "Going to hang out with Katie, will be back in a couple of hours!" After that notification, she is gone from the home.

    A few hours pass by and as a concerned parent a call is sent to Steph to determine what is her status, but no response.Fortunately, the number to Steph's friend, Katie, is available so a call is place and she answers.Katie says Steph never came by and she thought she canceled plans.Katie also mentions she tried calling Steph and assumed she just passed out because she was not answering.

    You decide to look around for Steph, but all the known locations do not reveal her whereabouts.You decide to call the police and notify them of the information about your daughter and that she has been missing since the afternoon.

    Stress and nervousness builds up as time continues to pass and no update from the police or from your daughter.Two days have passed...

    Finally, an officer calls up and reports that her car is on an off-ramp of the nearby freeway with no clues of her whereabouts.The officer notices that no gas was in the vehicle at the time and also reports that no local gas station has any information of her whereabouts.

    The worst-case-scenario is feared because of the lost time...

*****If a temporary monitoring implantation had been used, her location would have been known within minutes of the phone call to Katie revealing that she is not in the proper place, rather than wait two days to confirm the facts.


(One that suggests a new vision on temporary monitoring implantation should be considered)

    Sixteen year old Steph comes home from school, finishes her homework, and settles in the couch to watch some television.After a few hours she becomes bored and decides to call up one of her girlfriends to see what she is up to.Her best friend, Katie, answers the call and they begin discussing the school days events and proposing what to currently do.

    After reminiscing, Katie decides to suggest to go hang out with some of their common friends for the evening, and Steph agrees.Steph has recently obtained a driver's license and her parents purchase a used car for her to drive around and improve her driving skills.Steph tells Katie she will head down and pick her up.She yell's out into the home, "Going to hang out with Katie, will be back soon!" After that notification, she is gone from the home. Reply

Jun 9, 2012 1:48 PM Frank C. Frank C.  says:

    It was 7p.m.when she left and it is now 9:47 and, even though a weekend day, her curfew is approaching and a call is placed to see what is her status and when will she be heading home.After several rings, there is no answer.A call is placed to Katie as well, but there is no answer.

    You decide to drive to Katie's house to see what is going on.Upon arriving, you do not see her car, so you approach the door and knock.Katie's mother and father open the door in a daze from awakening.You asked if Steph has been around and they say no and that their daughter left with Steph some time ago, but has not returned either.

    The under-quality of communication Katie's parents have with their daughter concerns you and you decide to contact the police after returning home to file a missing person's report.The police accept all the details and inform you that they will notify you as soon as they receive any information about Steph or Katie and their status.

    Hours pass by as you are up concerned about the well-being of your child, so you decide to turn on the television from passing out.Browsing the channels you stop at a news station broadcasting a live event.Just before understanding what is being reported a call is being received.As you are watching the television you answer the call;it is the police office.Simultaneously, you watch and hear in horror from both the television and the police officer about a house party involving under-aged victims dying of drug overdosed.

    It seems like nothing could have prevented this from occurring...

*****Although the technology for this scenario is not a present-day reality, the idea of a vital signs monitoring implant will present benefits multi-fold.It will let you know real-time data on the health of the child or patient being monitor.A post-childhood individual still wearing a vital signs monitoring device is beneficial for families concerned with each others' health.Furthermore, crime investigation will know whether the abductee is still alive, and, in combination with GPS tracking monitor, a quick recovery of the abductee and positive prosecution of abductor.

    Some people think the worst of personal monitoring devices, but fail to see the benefits due to cognitive dissonance, logical reasoning, and intellectual ignorance.Don't be consumed by religious speculation and conspiracy theory manifestations because FACTS and PLAUSIBILITY are two different things.

FACT:Personal monitoring devices improve security and safety of a patient or dependent.

PLAUSIBLE:Such devices may be cause for invasion of privacy and undetectable monitoring, but is not proved FACT.

PLAUSIBLE:Such devices may be a religious prophecy, but no FACT proves that.

*****So lets be logical reasoning and informed individuals when making claims about the use of such devices, because you may be the one needing one and regret not having it.

Aug 28, 2012 12:33 AM No thanks No thanks  says:
Why not be able 2 just wear the chip in a necklace Or bracelet, hell even a ring???? Reply
Oct 6, 2012 3:56 AM timeswereneversimple timeswereneversimple  says:
People against The Power don't realize that there is nothing we can do to rise against it. Implant a chip, don't...it doesn't matter anymore. This is how it's going to be--They will know where we are whenever They want. They will do whatever They damn well please to us and our society because we can whine and be powerless. Even if the 99% ever rises up enough to be past the level of some politician saying they delayed his steak dinner and nothing more, we are nothing to Them. They have the power. They have the plans. They have the mobility and efficiency. My only plea to You, the 99% is that We and They are finite human beings. Every great civilization has fallen. Rome to Nazi Germany. Find a way to mobilize and be a coherent, functioning society without Them and then we can bitch with meaning. I would implant a chip on my child in a moment if I knew it was affective and accomplished the only goal I would have for it: to aid me in the ultimate protection of my offspring--what I was ultimately commissioned to do after bringing her into this world. Reply
Oct 8, 2012 9:23 PM DocK DocK  says: in response to No thanks
Ummmmm, probably cuz pedophiles and kidnappers will just strip a child of all clothing and jewelry. Come on, use your head and think about stuff before you post. Reply
Oct 30, 2012 4:55 PM Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner  says:
I am a mother and a Christian, and while I've not had any of my children abducted, I know what it's like when I can't find them. I also know what it's like to have a friend vanish without a trace. Yet I am not a fan of this strategy. My issues with this has nothing to do with big brother watching, although I am concerned about who will monitor the services provided and what happens if 'enemies' use such technologies against a person (e.g., think witness protection where authorities may want to track someone to protect them and criminals want to track them for destruction). My concern is that we already have tracking and tracing facilities in the form of cell phones, laptops, IP Address tracing, etc., and if a person intending to harm a child could easily rip off an item of jewelry with a tracker, they can also remove an implanted device - and possibly in the most painful and torturous way - and you still won't find your child. Teaching about safety, responsibility, and remaining vigilant is a must. You can try to stop these evils any way you like, but if someone has evil desires and thoughts, they can find ways of being one step ahead and share that with other like-minded people. Reply
Dec 18, 2012 5:41 PM Theguythatpassedby Theguythatpassedby  says: in response to Eugenio
I beg to differ. Even if locator chips were legal, the parents should ask their children for permission to implant one. Implanting a chip on their child without their consent would be taking their rights away. How would you like it if the government(the higher authority) to implant a tracking device to know where you are all the time, even for safety reasons? Reply
Jan 9, 2013 5:23 PM Joe Joe  says:
Okay after all my reading i can only come to the conclusion ..... these implant chips are located in Mexico.. Please Does anyone know the Name of the companies that provide these in Mexico or were or a Website for them... I want one please contact me Reply
Jan 18, 2013 2:33 AM kowality kowality  says:
Those of you opposed to the chip...don't do it and go away. Where can we get these chips??? I don't need to listen to anyone. This is my choice. Where do we get them???? Reply
Apr 28, 2013 7:58 PM katesa1 katesa1  says: in response to janna
i will give my freedom if i can keep my child safe of those monsters pedophiles Reply
Aug 28, 2013 1:12 AM George Vidakis George Vidakis  says:
Having children of my own i would use such technology for an interesting read go to the following link! would you use it ? http://goarticles.com/article/Kids-GPS-Tracking-Devices-Should-You-GPS-Your-Kids/7601673/ Reply
Apr 10, 2014 5:16 AM alex alex  says:
Watch this video about the chip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcR7yLCPpc8 Reply
May 4, 2014 5:30 PM Lainey Lainey  says:
I thought about putting locator chips in children way back in 1988, but when I looked into creating the technology I was told that it would be to costly. Which one is more costly paying for a chip to be inserted in your child or looseing to a kidnapper or murderer? Reply
Aug 25, 2014 3:10 PM Tawn Tawn  says: in response to janna
Come on paranoid! Try not paying taxes and see if you can hide. Ditch that cell phone because that sucker is a homing device. Do not have any address and while you are at it no cable, no utilities, and yes they can still find you. The truth is that there is no way to truly hide right now for prolonged periods of time. Have it be that the kiddo can get it out at 18. Reply
Sep 5, 2014 11:56 PM rome rome  says: in response to Olivia
i live in the same fear of my child/ her father has been gone for well over a year with no support from him but he is able to provide a Jordan passport for his child and walk out with her/ worse of it all hes been gone this long the law can allow him to get visitation any time back Reply
Oct 26, 2014 3:22 PM D K D K  says:
Can some body tell me from where I can get chips to keep track of human beings without getting embedded in the body. What is the technique and what are the apparatus or instruments required. It would be great to know the complete system it works on. Reply
Jan 22, 2016 7:06 PM Tim Tim  says: in response to janna
I don't care one bit if the government wants to know more about me or wants to control me. I would give up my freedom to get my child back. I just hope for all the people who think big brother is out to get us, that you never have your child taken from you, this could have meant the difference in seeing your child alive. Reply
Jul 19, 2016 2:23 AM fjg fjg  says: in response to Lets see
Wake up? whether or not a chip is implanted in children, some die of accidents. A chip may save your child. That is more important, when you 'wake up' and realize it has saved a life. Reply
Jul 19, 2016 2:33 AM fjg fjg  says: in response to DocK
Hang on 'Dock'. 'No thanks' has a point. If the child is raped etc. her belongings would still be near to her and a quick find will still help. No rapist will have the time to remove things like rings etc. They just want to whet their selfish desires. Reply

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