Gaaaaa there is no arguing with someone who has no logic. Let's take this private. There is no way for most to have the natural born knowledge that you have or seem to have. Do you even read what you post?They sell Tracphones at Wal-mart, which are not "smart phones". They are older-generation blackberry-knockoffs which do not have Droid or anything like that on them.
You don't want a tracphone, you say? I see advertisements all the time for phones like Jitterbug, which does nothing but let you talk.
There ARE options out there that parents of children CAN use.
Is it wrong for people to use said tags to instantly figure out where you live? Of course it is. But that wasn't really the point of most of the "banter" you speak of.
Your own words (and the video) came across in a completely "alarmist" tone. Instead of just reporting the information ("if you get a smart phone, don't forget to turn off geotagging!" or some such), you went on this whole thing about how we MUST watch this video, etc, etc, etc.
Why would you post pics of your child just anywhere on the internet, anyways? Why do people feel this strong urge to post their private lives for all to see? You'd think that this would be a no-brainer that you shouldn't post your private life for all to see, but somehow people still forget the fact that private life should remain, derp, PRIVATE.
If you want to share a baby picture with people? Fine, Facebook has an option that does NOT allow anyone OTHER than YOUR personal friends to see them. Just posting them in some random place out on the web that anyone can see? That's just stupid. You don't need no fancy "geotagging" to know where someone is, if someone say, stood near a window.
Let's say you were standing in your house and you forgot that the window was behind the child. Congratulations! Anyone who lives near you might know which window that image was taken from if they can remember details about the background (the building across the street, or maybe landmarks that appear in the picture) if they really wanted to. Geotagging isn't required in some of these cases.
It all falls back to the parent and parenting fail. You don't release private information and/or photographs on the public web. You just don't do it. My generation was taught better than that when I was in school. It was one of THE first lessons we were taught when we went to school, that you DON'T post that stuff online.
Sure, Geotagging is wrong, but it isn't the be-all and end-all of what's wrong in pedophiles getting ahold of children this way. Maybe the stupid parent shouldn't have posted pics of their kids on the public web. Or maybe they should have done so in a public place, instead of their own home? *shrugs*
It all goes back to people wanting to tell the world about every little minor thing that they think everyone cares about (but secretly, we don't, and if we did, it'd be for the wrong reasons), and it goes MUCH further than pictures, and/or geotagging.