If you’re letting your kids go trick-or-treating with friends this year, here are three free smartphone apps to help keep them safe. They’ll have to have a phone with them, but a lot of kids have their own phone anyway now.
And even if you’re going trick-or-treating with them, you might want them in case you get separated . . .
- Family Locator. It uses the GPS on their phone to show exactly where they are in real time. You just log in on your phone, and it pulls up a map. Or if they need you, they can press an S.O.S. button that sends you their location.
- Red Panic Button. It’s basically like the S.O.S. button, but simpler so it’s good for little kids. All they have to do is push a big red button, and it automatically sends you a text with a link to a map that shows where they are. And you can put multiple people on the contact list, so more than one person gets it.
- Life360. Again, you can see where they are on a map in real time, and they can message you if there’s a problem. But the cool part is you can also set boundary limits. So you get an alert if they go too far away, or cross a street they’re not supposed to.