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Checking/Spying on Your Kids

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by astrotoy, Oct 12, 2014.

  1. astrotoy

    astrotoy Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2013
    SF Bay Area
    Last week I lent our MS to our daughter, son-in-law and our two grandchildren (3yo and 2months) as they were visiting from LA and going up to North Shore Tahoe for a few days. They did very well in the car, no issues, using the supercharger on the way up from the Bar Area at Roseville and Truckee, and then on the way down at Roseville. What was very nice was being able to see where they were all all times. They aren't so young (mid-30's) but we like to know that they arrived safely and when they were on their way back. Also whether they were having any issues with the car, how much fuel they needed, etc. With such young children, we knew they weren't going to be out late at night, but it was still reassuring to see where they were. Don't think they know about the Tesla app.
  2. Canuck

    Canuck Well-Known Member

    Nov 30, 2013
    South Surrey, BC
    #2 Canuck, Oct 12, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2014
    In my opinion, with grown children you have a moral and ethical obligation to tell them if you plan to watch where they go using the app. That doesn't apply to children under the age of majority. Adults go places and do things that they may not be doing if they knew you were watching. Often, those things are perfectly fine, but private. Other times, they may not be perfectly fine, but are still private. Best not to open a can of worms when there's no need. With young children there is a need to open every can of worms. I'm quite certain your grown children would have had no problem knowing you were watching them for safety concerns. In fact, they would probably appreciate it.
  3. Krugerrand

    Krugerrand Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2012
    They might know now since you've posted this on the Internet. :wink:
  4. bradc

    bradc Member

    May 16, 2013
    Seattle, WA
    Agree with Canuck that adults have a reasonable expectation of privacy, even when borrowing your vehicle. There's plenty of places grown adult children might go that they might prefer parents not be informed about: a counseling center, cancer treatment center, mental health clinic, substance abuse clinic, etc. It's impolite at best to track a vehicle without telling its occupants beforehand, and a violation of trust and unethical behavior at worst.

    When I loan out my vehicle, I always make it clear that I have an app and can track the vehicle location/speed/energy at any time, but my interest is primarily in the health of the car, not the whereabouts of the occupants. For relatives I trust implicitly, I might consider pointing out how to turn off remote access if they were keeping it for an extended period of time.

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