Whether your kids are out trick or treating on their own or just out and about as usual, I’ve rounded up a few apps designed to give you some peace of mind while they’re out of sight. These apps help you keep in touch with your kids and give them some tools to help them stay safe when you might be inclined to worry about them.
You don’t have to be a paranoid helicopter parent to want to use the technology available to us to make sure your kids are safe. (If our parents could go back with these smartphone tracking and security apps, I’m pretty sure they would.) So here are a few apps to consider downloading.
Red Panic Button ($2.99 on iOS and free Android). This app sends an emergency text message, email or phone call (the phone call is only on the paid versions) to emergency contact numbers with a push of the button. It’s a great app not just for young kids, but for anyone concerned about their safety.
Life360 (free on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone). Dubbed “the new family circle,” Life360 makes it easy for your kids to check-in to let you know they’ve arrived wherever they were going or send automatic location alerts and check-ins. The private map feature tracks your kids as they move about, even when Life360 isn’t open. Not having to deal with “where are you” messages? Priceless.
Lookout (free on Android, iOS, and Kindle devices). This is one of those apps I’d install anyway on any mobile device — used by a kid or an adult. Even if the phone’s GPS is off or the phone is on silent, Lookout’s Google Maps location tracking still works. Set it up on your kid’s phone, and you can back up (access) the call history, contacts and photos remotely.
It’s a spooky world out there, but apps like these help keep our kids safer while also giving them the freedom and independence to roam about.
Photo Credit: Panic Button, Life360