Halloween can be one of the most exciting times of year for kids as they are able to dress up like their favorite characters and stuff bags full of candy. For parents however, the experience can be quite different with a unique set of stressful situations such as having your children running around after dark and not always knowing exactly where they are.
This year, technology is providing concerned parents with one more tool to make the task of keeping track of the kids a bit more manageable. This is one way to harness the power of your smartphone to keep your children safe and ease some of your own concerns.
If you thought cell phone trackers were just for social networking, think again! A special new class of applications is using GPS technology to help you protect your family. Several companies have released special Halloween phone tracking apps that allow parents to track the movement of their kids between friends houses, Halloween parties, and while trick-or-treating.
The app makes it easy to see exactly where your children are and get instant notification if something appears out of the ordinary. It gives you instant reporting that can be monitored through your own web enabled smartphone or through a regular laptop or PC. An application like this can allow you to provide the oversight your kids need to stay safe while still allowing them to have the freedom to go out and have fun.
These apps are inexpensive (sometimes even free if they are ad supported) and easy to install. If you are concerned for the safety of your kids on Halloween, this might provide just the solution you need to ensure that everyone is accounted for while allowing the kids to have fun without a parent observing their every move for the evening.
Check the App Store for details if you are an iPhone owner, otherwise Google Play is also home to similar apps for the Droid OS.
After a quick download, you will be on your way to a safer night of trick-or-treating. Even those who are not tech savvy should have no trouble setting up the application in just a few minutes.
Remember that even the best phone tracker app is no substitute for other essential gear such as flashlights, reflective clothing, and of course good old-fashioned rules and common sense. Armed with all of the above, you and your family should be on your way to a safe and happy trick-or-treating adventure this year!