Monday, October 15, 2012

Halloween App Tracking Kids

Halloween App Tracking Kids - A number of smartphone applications have been developed that help concerned parents to keep track of their children's movements, just in time for Halloween.

These apps, which have been developed for a wide range of devices, build upon a handset's GPS capabilities to transmit a child's location right down the to square foot. Some require the use of an additional smartphone, which most young children do not have but can be borrowed from another family member.

MobileMe, which is available for iPhone and Android, allows users to pinpoint any phone attached to the account from a computer or another phone. MobileMe retails for $150 a year for a family pack.

AT&T users can down the FamilyMap application, which does not require an additional smartphone. FamilyMap functions similarly to MobileMe and can report on the location of any phone on AT&T's 3G network. The app retails for $10 a month.

There are also a number of free programs that allow parents to track their children during Halloween trick-or-treating. For example, Google Latitude allows the user to see "friends" as a dot on a map on your smartphone or laptop, so a parent can keep track of their kids as they move around a neighborhood.

Another app, called "Trick or Tracker" is available for free until November 2 -- then the price increases to $10. This app can send text messages at regular intervals to a smartphone telling parents exactly where their child is on a route. Trick or Tracker also has a flashlight feature to help children travel more safely in dark areas.

With a variety of apps out designed to help parents keep track of their children during Halloween, parents can be better assured that their little ghosts and goblins are safely enjoying the season.