A concerned father has incorporated modern technology into 21st century parenting by sending a drone to follow and film his eight-year-old daughter’s walk to school.
Chris Early, an owner of a production company in Knoxville, Tennessee, got a quadcopter drone to film commercials, but he quickly realized that he could also use it for personal surveillance purposes.
A tech-enthusiast, Early released footage of one of his drone’s missions to ABC News, demonstrating how he monitors his daughter’s whereabouts from the skies. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. A father has told how he’s embraced 21st century parenting by using a drone to walk his eight-year-old daughter to school.
2. Chris Early, who owns a production company in Knoxville, Tennessee, bought a quadcopter to make commercials but he decided he could use it for personal surveillance purposes, too.
The footage shows Katie, Early’s daughter, walking down a road and sticking close to the grassy verge, to avoid cars. Early explained his motivation for launching his drone’s chaperoning sessions:
It was just kind of a thing, just to kinda keep an eye on, just make sure she was looking both ways.
Let her know that daddy is always watching.
Evidently, Chris had been walking Katie to and from school for the past two years but recently the girl asked if she could walk alone.
3. The tech-enthusiast (left, with his daughter Katie, right) released footage of one of his remote chaperoning sessions, showing how he is now able to monitor his child’s whereabouts from the skies.
4. Early said that he’d been walking his daughter to and from school for the past two years but recently she asked if she could walk alone.
That’s when the father got the idea of using the drone to monitor the child for her first solo commute.
The girl said she was not expecting the drone to follow her, but found it pretty cool when she saw it hovering above her. She said:
I was like, “Oh wow”. [My dad] didn’t tell me then, so I was pretty surprised.
Early says that his “helicopter eye” is a fun idea but insists that he won’t be using it in the future.
Since Early released the video, many commenters have criticized him for being too “prying” and “invasive”.
5. That’s when he had the idea of using the drone to check in on his daughter for her first solo commute.
6. Although Early says the “helicopter eye” is a fun idea, he notes that he won’t be using it anymore.
Time Magazine has called Early the “World’s Most Embarrassing Dad”. A commenter wrote:
Just wait until she dates.
Responding to the criticism, Early said:
The drone flight following my daughter home from school was a one-time thing done in fun.
It was never meant to set off a debate on how to parent in the 21st century.
I trust her enough to give her that little bit of independence as she continues to grow into a smart, beautiful young lady.
We actually live very close to her school [and] I can just about see the school from my front porch without a drone.
7. Helicopter parenting? A dad sends a drone to walk his daughter to school.
Source: ABC News.
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