There's a movement afoot in the UK to ban the Mosquito, an ultrasonic anti-teenager device that makes sounds in registers that only kids (supposedly) can hear. The Children's Commissioner for England says that the device -- which has been installed in more than 3,500 locations -- violates kids' rights.
“These devices are indiscriminate and target all children and young people, including babies, regardless of whether they are behaving or misbehaving,” Sir Al told the BBC. “The use of measures such as these are simply demonising children and young people, creating a dangerous and widening divide between the young and the old.”
[Simon Morris, commercial director of Compound Security Systems, which created and markets the Mosquito:] "Police forces will support me with this. Kids will come from various parts of a neighbourhood and congregate in that one spot, like the centre of a wheel," he said.
"What police find is that rather than one group of 20 or 20 kids in one location they will split into smaller groups and the smaller groups cause less problems. Of course it doesn't solve the long-term problem, but it does what it says on the box. It disperses the large groups."
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