Halloween Safety Apps For the Family

- FILE - Trick-or-Treaters out on Halloween (Image: Shutterstock)

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Halloween is supposed to be a night of fun filled with overflowing candy treat bags and colorful costumes. But things can turn frightening fast if you get separated from your kids or spend the night worrying where they are as they venture out for the first time with friends. But there are some tech treats to keep tricks at bay. Apps designed to keep you and your kids connected and better prepared.

Quinnipiac University’s Chief Information Security Officer, Brian Kelly, says Halloween apps are becoming increasingly popular. Kelly told News 8 “The most popular are location sharing or tracking applications so parents can see where their kids are.”

USA TODAY lists four notable tracking apps they say are standouts for keeping track of your kids and teens. The first one is “Family Locator”; a free app that allows parents to see kids’ locations in real time and receive notifications when they reach their destination.

Next, The Red Panic Button app is specifically designed for emergencies. USA TODAY says it’s simple, a press of the button sends a text message and email with the child’s GPS coordinates to everyone in the panic contact list.

Thirdly, FBI Child ID is a free app that provides tools in case a child goes missing. “The FBI Child ID is a good app to have. It’s more of a parent centric app where you can have info about your child; a photo, height, weight, eye color, things that in the event something terrible happened to your child, the FBI would be able to take that data and put it out to media quickly,” said Kelly.

And finally, USA Today highlighted Life360. A a free app that allows users to create private groups, and communicate via group chat. Kelly tells WTNH this is a great app to use year round. “The life 360 app is good for not only for Halloween night but also good for 365 days a year. It’s good for location and tracking and if your son or daughter is out trick or treating or going to the movies, it’s a great way for parents to keep an eye on where they are.”

When it comes to apps to avoid, Kelly warns there are plenty of Halloween gimmick apps out there. He suggests sticking with the more mainstream ones and adds the flashlight app is a must for all trick or treaters.

So add a little tech to your Halloween so the annual outing can be a memorable one for all the right reasons.

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