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    Posted: Oct 26 2012 at 10:51am
Did you know that you can get an Ohio ID card for your children, no matter how young?



Read more about it here: http://www.bmv.ohio.gov/idrkids.stm

Have any of you gotten these for your children? If so, how old were they when you got them? Do you think all parents should get their children an ID, regardless of age (infants even)?


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I didn't know that you could!   We will be taking my Daughter to get her temps over the next few days, I believe I'll get my Son (almost 12ys) an ID card at that time.  Only wish I had of known sooner.
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What would a kid need an ID for?
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Nevermind.  I guess I could have clicked on the link, before I asked my question! lol
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I was thinking the same thing, didn't seem real practical or useful to me. But the more I thought about it, the more I thought it wasn't such a bad idea. I can just imagine a scenario where a family is camping and a child goes missing. The family could call 911 and within minutes the police could have the child's photograph and information distributed around the area while the family is still at the campsite.
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I have always been a big believer in ID cards of some description (Library, Student ID etc) not because I'm paranoid that anything would happen to my children but it falls in line with teaching them about self awareness and preparedness......  carry a wallet with enough money to at least make a phone call (before the days of cell phones) know your home phone #'s and Parent's work #'s, carry ID in case YOU or your belongings are lost etc, etc

All that said, with the horrific stories we read about daily  having an ID would not prevent any of these crazy heinous acts but as Adam states, within moments a photo would be available.... depending on how frequently the ID is updated (Children can change significantly over a 3 yr period)   To be honest for $8.50 and knowing I'm going to be at the BMV in the near future I can't think of a reason not to.
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I'm wishy-washy on this one. I definitely see the good side of it but...

I guess my main concern is just continuing to give personal information to the government. I don't want to sound paranoid and this is a really strange role for me to play (usually I'm the one arguing for everyone to have more trust and faith in our govts) but I'm hesitant to always be giving the federal gov't personal information for them to track and store in a database. I don't think it's too far from putting in some type of chip for GPS purposes. All in the name of safety of course, but then it wouldn't be hard for the gov't to know where you're at, at all times if they wanted.

I don't see a strong need for these, I guess. All the child has to do is drop one of these and then someone can easily pick it up and know the address, age and a photo of the child. I think I lost my library card about 15 times when I was young. Oh well, at least they don't put the actual SSN on the card.
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I agree 100% with you Matt; I don't think I would let my child carry this ID with them as I'm not really sure there would be any benefit to that. I do, however, see it as a benefit to have them in a system that can quickly get their information disseminated when needed.
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