Steffany Rodriguez-Neely, a mom in Tampa, Florida, is considering microchipping her teen daughter, who is a special needs child (video below).
WFLA reporter Melanie Michael opened a segment with Rodriguez-Neely by comparing microchipping a dog to doing it to a child. The journalist also showed clips of parents in movies screaming and crying over their missing kids.
"If it’ll save my kid, there’s no stuff that’s too extreme," Rodriguez-Neely told Michael. "If a small chip the size of a grain of rice could have prevented a tragedy, I think most parents, hindsight, would have said, 'I wish I would have done it.'"
Kerri Levey, a mom in Rodriguez-Neely's group for mothers, countered: "You’re putting a battery in your kid, you’re putting a chip in your kid. And, where does it stop?"
Michael asked Levey if microchipping was a little too science fiction for her, and Levey replied, "Very much so."
Stuart Lipoff, a Boston-based technology expert, told WFLA: "Without question it could save a life, reunite a family, find a missing Alzheimer patient."
"I always tell people as long as you’re doing what is best for your child, you’re not really wrong," Rodriguez-Neely insisted.
Michael told viewers how the microchip is the size of a grain of rice, and that Lipoff said that people were originally appalled by barcodes in the 1960s and thought they were weird and invasive.
"The expert tells us this will happen sooner rather than later," Michael said.
Michael added that two companies tried implanting microchips as a business and failed, but she reassured her viewers: "You can bet somewhere, someday, someone is going to pull this off and we could see those microchips in everyone."
The New York Observer reported in 2013 that parents often call BrickHouse Security, a company in New York City, to inquire about microchipping their children in case they get lost.
The company's CEO Todd Morris explained how the microchips on dog's ears are actually barcodes, not GPS devices that could somehow locate a missing person.
According to Morris, if someone were to have a microchip placed under their skin, so that it would function as a GPS tracker, then a bulky receiver and battery would also have to go under the flesh as well.
Morris noted that there are GPS trackers that can be attached to children's clothing, or parents can buy a tag locator that goes on clothing or other objects with the child. The locator sends an alert to a parent’s transmitter when the child is more than 30 feet away.
Gizmodo reported in 2014 that the barcode idea was patented in 1952, but it wasn't used commercially in a store until 1974 on a pack of chewing gum.
The worries over barcodes, according to Gizmodo, were actually religious. Some folks thought (and still do) that the mark of the beast, 666, from the Bible was in every bar code.