Halloween can be one of the most exciting holidays for children. I know my kids really look forward to the costumes and candy. My biggest concern is their safety when we go out trick-or-treating. Parents should always supervise younger kids, but older kids may want to go around the neighborhood alone. A smartphone can become a useful tool to help you keep kids safe on Halloween.
Halloween Safety Tips: Apps that turn your smartphone into a safety gadget for your Halloween ghouls and goblins.
If you don’t already have a handy Flashlight app on your smartphone, now is the perfect time to get one. Kids can use the flashlight app to help them see and be seen. Using your smartphone to do double-duty as a flashlight means less stuff to carry! Free Flashlight app on iTunes and Free Super Bright LED Flashlight for Android.
This free app uses GPS to help you keep track of everyone in your family’s location. Plus, many additional handy features like in-app messaging, driving directions to your family member’s location, and a Life360 panic button to let people know you need help.
The Free FBI Child ID app stores your child’s photo and vital statistics so it is all in one convenient place in case you need it.
ICE App (In Case of Emergency). An ICE app can do a lot of important things like: provide emergency responders with medical information about you (allergies, medications). It also stores a list of people to call. Check out these ICE app options on Android and iTunes
Verizon Wireless offers a Family Locator Service to Verizon customers. This service allows you to locate family members, set up alerts, schedule check-ins, and send messages. If you are not with Verizon, check with your cell phone provider to see if they offer a similar service.
Halloween Apps Just for Fun:
Creepy Critter Camera app on iTunes lets you add fun decorations to your photos like insects, bugs and other creepy crawlies.
Halloween Frames for Android lets you add Halloween frames to your photos.
And one last reminder, don’t forget to charge your smartphone so it’s ready to go on Halloween night!
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