Have Apple AirTag wristbands become digital leashes for children?
MomTok influencer Vada Stevens is sparking an online debate with a TikTok who claims to “train” her two young daughters to come to her when their wearable tracking devices start beeping.
Stevens showed off the AirTag bracelets in a clip posted Monday. She said she saw the digital jewelry on the social media app and thought it was “the best.”
An AirTag is a small circular device created by Apple to be attached to commonly lost items such as luggage and keys. Tags can be tracked through the Find My iPhone app. Users can have the product beep to take them to their item.
“You can find them on Amazon, and you can track them and beep,” Stevens explained in his video, which has garnered 1.7 million views.
“And you can train your kids to come when they hear the beep. Check this out,” he said, causing the girls’ bracelets to beep, causing them to run towards her.
“You called us,” declared a daughter. “What do you need?”
“Today we are training dogs,” Stevens captioned the video, apparently responding to criticism he received in comments that claimed he was treating his children like animals.
The Post has contacted Stevens for comment.
The video has sparked more than 700 comments from TikTokers debating whether the wristbands are a clever safety feature for children or just “traumatizing” them.
“I love that he said train instead of teach,” said one commenter on Stevens’ caption.
“Can you also train them to retrieve and sit/stay?” another wrote sarcastically, comparing the method to dog training.
“I’m only here because of the negative comments,” one user admitted.
“Hang out for a while and you’ll find some fun ones,” Stevens replied. “So far, the best one is that I am traumatizing them.”
Others praised the North Carolina mom’s approach, with some even sharing that they, too, wear AirTag wristbands on their kids.
“We tell my son it’s his Apple Watch like mom and dad,” confessed one savvy parent.
“I saw so many kids at Disney wearing these! A great idea in case they got lost,” another applauded.
A third added: “You know, the way these people are in this world is a must. I’ll be doing this.”
One user claimed Stevens’ method was “clever” but advised: “Maybe you should make the air tag non-identifiable in case they get hijacked.”
And one millennial felt nostalgic after seeing the clip.
“The way I would have felt like a Spy Kid in one of those,” the user laughed.