Children & microchip identification

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Children & microchip identification
A microchip can be inserted under the skin for permanent identification. (microchip on penny image by AndreyPS from Fotolia.com)

Microchips and radio-frequency identification devices (RFID) have been used to track items and pets for years. For animals, the chip is injected into the top layers of skin and can either be read by a GPS device or scanned by specific reading devices if the pet is lost. The same technology is being developed for children.

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Microchips

Microchips are being developed to implant or place on children via wristbands or other accessories that would then send a signal to a global positioning system (GPS) that would track the location of the child.

Alarms

Microchips are currently available that contain an alarm button that is not visible to a perpetrator and can be used to alert parents and authorities if a child has been abducted or may be harmed.

RFID

Radio frequency identification devices (RFID) are also being considered to track the location of children. The chip holds data that can be scanned and read by a specific device. This is the technology currently used to track pets, and while it cannot identify the location of a pet, the chip can provide information when scanned.

Radio Frequency

Another microchip that is being considered for children would use radio frequency and a receiver held by a parent or caretaker to alert parents if a child wanders or is taken outside a specified boundary.

Concern

There is concern that RFID tags and/or microchips may not be safe due to electric transmission when placed inside the body of a human. In addition, RFID tags are only effective if they are scanned, which would not be possible if a child were taken.

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