Halloween is only a few days away and we know there are probably quite a few parents who will be reluctantly sending off their children to go trick-or-treating without parental supervision. Although it will be hard to completely rid yourself of that innate worry that comes with being a parent, smartphones offer a variety of apps that will make the whole night a bit more tolerable.
If your child owns a smartphone or you are willing to loan one to them for the night, you will be able to take comfort that they possess a powerful tool that will allow you to give your child more freedom while simultaneously maintaining some knowledge of your child’s safety.
By simply browsing through the app store you will come across multiple choices to aid you throughout the Halloween night. However, some of the best features you may want to look for include:
* GPS tracking – check your child’s location from your smartphone or computer
* Location button – instantly send your location to your child or check your child’s location in real time
* GeoFences – set up safe zones for your child and receive alerts when they leave those zones
* Battery check – check your child’s phone remotely to see if they are running low on battery
To guarantee a safe and fun Halloween for your children, we recommend the following three top apps
Family by Sygic (iOS and Android)
This is one of the more diverse smartphone tracking apps, helping to keep your family connected well beyond Halloween. The program is downloaded into every cell phone used by your family members and provides basic tracking on all phones, free messaging between phones, and programmable alerts between phones.
One of the more unique features is the ability to receive notification when your child arrives at or leaves a specific location. GeoFence allows you to program in a safe zone in which your child must remain. This feature is excellent for Halloween because you will receive instant notification if your child wanders off the approved route. If you ever need to know where your child is, they can send you their location or you can check their location by the touch of a button.
Life360 (iOS, Android, Blackberry)
This app offers many of the same features as Family by Sygic, but the maps may not be as detailed or up to date when you download the free version. You can upgrade to the premium version which offers unlimited location checks, enhanced history checks, and protection from phone theft. If you ever wonder where your child has been, the history database will deliver that information.
Find My Kids – Footprints (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)
This app offers a free alternative to the paid options available. These features include real-time location checks, location history records, and GeoFences. One unique feature for this app is the motion sensor. You can set the phone to notify you whenever your child is in motion. Again, not only will this be useful on Halloween, but it could come in handy any time you deem it necessary to keep tabs on your child’s location.
As the saying goes, “it’s better to be safe than sorry.” Extinguish your anxiety this Halloween, download a safety app, and allow you and your kids to enjoy the holiday.