By Jaya Narain
Pupils on school buses can now be tracked by parents thanks to GPS tickets
A new satellite system has been launched which will allow parents and teachers to keep closer tabs on schoolchildren.
A special chip is fitted in a card which is then swiped by schoolchildren as they board and alight the school bus.
Parents will then be able to log on to a secure website to ensure their child has made it safely to school.
Parents will be able to keep track of their children going to and from school as part of a pilot tracking scheme
The project was launched this week in North Wales schools and aims to tackle truancy and improve child safety.
It will help bus drivers who will be able to identify and report children who are badly behaved on the bus.
Peter Daniels, of Denbighshire County Council, said: ‘It’s all held on a database […]’
He said the card worked in a similar way to Transport for London’s Oystercard system.
‘A user boards a bus and taps in and then taps out when he or she gets off,’ he said.
‘Using GPS tracking, parents will know exactly where their pupils are on the bus.’
Project officer Shelly Barratt said: ‘The scheme will be positive in tackling anti-social behaviour.
‘If youngsters go on a bus and vandalise it or bully someone then a message using the system will end up back with the school within 12 hours and that will be followed up by a call to the parents.’
Education authorities across Britain are also investigating ways of implanting GPS devices in school uniforms and rucksacks.
The scheme follows the launch of a satellite tracking device which will plot a child’s location to within 10ft.
The Nu.M8 digital watch uses GPS satellite technology like car sat nav systems.
Children tracked by sat nav to stop bad behaviour
Children will be tracked by satellite on public transport and encouraged to spy on their friends and report bad behaviour
Pupils will use a picture swipe card to clock on and off the bus allowing parents to keep a closer check on their child via a website.
The scheme include ‘Bus Angels’ aged 14 and above, who covertly report incidents of bad behaviour,
Peter Daniels, transport manager at Denbighshire County Council said: “I have to say in north east Wales we don’t really see trouble and misbehaviour, but in the afternoon some of the pupils can be jolly and minor anti-social behaviour can occur,