Halloween is this Saturday, which means trick-or-treating and parties for families everywhere. This holiday has many fun memories, but can be stressful once in full swing. With hundreds of families crowding the streets for candy, losing a child is a common fear for parents.
While these fears are often perpetuated by news reports of lost children in the streets, there are many apps to ensure a safe Halloween without any lost family members. Here are three mobile apps to help parents everywhere relax a little more this Halloween.
- Family Locator
- Family Locator works by identifying devices’ locations. This app has a map screen that shows icons in accordance to a family member’s locations as well as the capability to notify parents if children go into a certain area that isn’t allowed. This app also has GPS capabilities to direct parents to their child’s exact location. Each of these apps is private exclusively to the family and does not share locations with unauthorized persons.
- Notifye is a location sharing app that works as a check-in station. Through this app, children can “check-in” to let their safety network know they are safe, or let the safety network know they need help and contact authorities. Notifye also shares GPS coordinates when the “I need help” option is selected and creates “safe zones,” that automatically notify parents when a child has left a certain area.
- Rave Panic Button
- Rave Panic Button is a public safety app that lets users communicate with emergency officials without a phone call. Rave gives the option to report a fire, medical emergency, request police help, or report an active shooter at the click of the button. This app shares your location with local authorities so that help is on the way as soon as possible.
- FBI Child ID
- This app works as a database to save pertinent information about children, including photos and physical identifiers such as height and weight. This app works well to communicate with security officers if a child is lost in a crowd. Child ID also comes with a shortcut to quickly message local authorities this information if a child goes missing so that proper protocol is taken. All information stored within this app is secure, and only shared with authorities in the case of an emergency. As well as a convenient way store vital information, Child ID shares tips on keeping children safe and emergency protocol for when a child goes missing.
Halloween is fun for families every year, but with extra safety precautions, parents can relax when out trick-or-treating. Some other helpful tips for smartphone safety include setting regular alarms to check on family members, labeling family contacts as ICE (In Case of Emergency) and using the flashlight options to help with night vision. Happy Halloween!