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The child-monitoring industry: By the numbers
There seems to be a high-tech device to help moms and dads deal with just about every fear they have
 
For worry-plagued parents, there are wristband GPS tracking devices and other monitoring systems that may help alleviate fears of some ill befalling their children.
For worry-plagued parents, there are wristband GPS tracking devices and other monitoring systems that may help alleviate fears of some ill befalling their children.
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Parents live every day with the fear that something could happen to their children — and a multibillion-dollar security industry has grown to give them ways to keep their nightmares in check. From baby monitoring to computer spyware to home drug tests, worried moms and dads now have many, many ways to check up on their kids at any time of the day or night. Here, a look at the protective parent market, by the numbers:

$3
Cost of a home kit to test for a single drug; kits that test for 10 substances sell for $19.95


$30
Price of a basic baby monitor

$279
Price of a high-end baby monitor with audio and video

$200
Approximate price of a GPS tracker that doubles as a digital children's watch, sold by BrickHouse Security

3.5
Number of "hyper-texters" — teens who send more than 120 text messages per day — who have had sex for every non-hyper-texting teen who is sexually active

20
Percentage of high school students who qualified as hyper-texters in a recent Cleveland study

$5
Monthly fee for SafeText, a system that lets parents monitor their children's text messaging

$100 to $150
Range of prices, per year, for systems such as Mobile Spy and MobiStealth, which can monitor smartphones using Google's Android operating system

72
Percentage of parents who monitor their kids' activity online

$99
Price of Spector PRO and eBlaster software for monitoring online chats, instant messages, and emails

80
Percentage of teens who use privacy settings to hide some of their online activities from their parents or friends

8
Percentage of teens who say they accept all social-networking friend requests they receive from people they don't know

Sources: Associated Press, Better ParentingTIMETRUSTe

 

 

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