Teens say the tracking app Life360 is ruining their summer

Parenting expert Ericka Souter discusses what parents should know about the tracking app Life360 that teens say is invading their privacy, but some parents say is helping keep their kids safe.
3:14 | 07/17/19

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Great way to finish. We turn to our cover story, the debate about life360. It helps parents monitor their kids but some teens are lashing out saying it's a violation of privacy. Janai Norman has the story. Reporter: According to thousands of teens on the popular social media app ticktock, parents' prying eyes are putting a damper on summer vacation. The #life360 posted over 14 million times as teens vent over the tracking app that allows parents to keep tabs on them in realtime and all the time. Life360 is an app designed for families to stay in touch. Once it's downloadeds it allows parents to tap into their cell phone and track while they're driving including if they speed or get into car trouble. The timing for the app to come available to me just worked out that she had just started driving. Reporter: Mari tracks her daughter Anissa giving horror a choice, it was either download the app or not get a car. She said, you can either have this app or you cannot have a car. So I went with the app because I like my car. Reporter: Like most teenagers Anissa takes her phone everywhere which meant taking her mother with her. I remember that my first response was, I feel leashed. Reporter: She says it's not about invasion of privacy. It's not invasive. It gave me an extra layer of protection to know my daughter was not only where she was supposed to be, but also that she was getting there safe. Reporter: While teens everywhere might not be fans of the app, Anissa doesn't seem to mind. I think that you have to respect that your parents just want to take care of you an protect you at the same time as being a teenager and having fun. Reporter: For "Good morning America," janai Norman, ABC news, New York. Thanks to janai. We're joined by Ericka souter editor of mom.me. That girl was reasonable. I'm tempted to say to the kids complaining about invasion of privacy, tough luck. Yeah, you know, of course kids think it's an invasion of privacy but our job is to keep them safe. A lot of parents appreciate this technology exists so they can monitor their kids' behavior. One word of warning, you can't get obsessive. Make sure a kid gets to their destination but then stop. How do you talk to your kids. Terrific conversation. Kids feel it's about trust and you don't trust them but tell them it's not about you not trusting them. You taught them well. They know your expectations but you protecting them from the rest 6d word. You know, lots of things can happen. Explain the dangers to them, there can be an accident, may not be able to contact anyone. They may need help. This allows to you do that and keep them safe. We don't use this at home. I can see the value in it. Some think it's a crutch. You know, it absolutely is not a crutch. Parents need to be able to protect their children, to make sure that they have the help that they need when they need it and that's what this app provides. When kids are out and they're texting and driving an app can let them know you're not supposed to do that. I would want to know that. It keeps everyone safe. They can't do it and parents can intervene. Ericka souter, thanks very let's go to robin.

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