6 ​apps to keep the kids safer this Halloween

How to keep tabs on your children while they’re out having fun

Halloween is almost here, and as kids turn the corner going house-to-house for goodies, plenty of parents begin to panic. When children are old enough to trick-or-treat without adult supervision — but are still under their parents’ watchful eye (albeit remotely) — apps are one answer for keeping tabs on kids while they’re out having Halloween fun. These mobile apps take the scare out of Halloween, giving parents peace of mind while their kids collect another piece of candy.

FootprintsFootprints

As your kids make their way through the neighborhood on Halloween, you’ll be able to follow their every step via Footprints, the free app that tracks and shares locations of their whereabouts. Real-time data lets parents know exactly where their kids are as long as the child has a smartphone on them as they’re out having fun. To be sure your child doesn’t go outside the predetermined permitted areas you’ve established, Footprints’ “Geofences” send you an alert if they’ve wandered outside the lines. Kids cannot disable their phone — only parents have that permission, so you’ll always know where their footprints fall.

FamilySignalFamilySignal

Map your child’s every move as they head into Halloween with FamilySignal, a location-sharing app that’s designed to let parents know where their child is at every moment. View a map of your area on your smartphone and you’ll see where your child is in real-time. Not only does FamilySignal let parents breathe a sigh of relief, but the kids can help them keep their cool by checking in with a “Touch Base” alert. And if the kids ever fear they’re in danger or lose their way, the “Panic Button” will ping parents and authorities to notify them that they need help. The basic plan is free with options for upgrades and annual memberships, starting at $4.99 per month.

Circle of 6Circle of 6

Empower your child, tween, or teen with the free to-download Circle of 6 app, giving them the tools they need in case of a Halloween night crisis. Your child chooses six trustworthy family members and friends to add to their “circle.” Various icons on the app can be tapped if your child needs aid, such as “come get me,” “call me,” and other swift messages that will send an alert to the circle. The people in the circle will be updated as to where your child is located, and since there are six people invested in their safety, there’s always someone available in case a parent misses an important notification.

GearBrainLife360

Families have lots to manage, making Life360 an app that’s super for synchronization. On Halloween, make use of this all-in-one app and keep the kids safe and in your sight — even when you’re not by their side. (Maybe you’re at home trying some of the Halloween gameson Alexa or Google Assistant.) Create a private circle and the selected members can check in from destination points, send group messages, log into locations, and more. And if you have a teen driver, Life360 will keep you informed on signs of distracted driving. On Halloween in particular when kids are out walking the streets, safe driving is a must. Free to download, fundamental for families. There’s also a paid version as well.

MamaBearMamaBear

No matter how old the kids get, you want to protect them. With MamaBear, a free app, you can manage your child’s safety via app this Halloween if they’ll be away from the “den.” Not only can you track their location as they trick-or-treat as well as receive arrival and departure notices, but you can monitor their social media use, text messaging, and keep a group family chat going so everyone’s in the loop. This all-around family management app provides safety in more ways than one, keeping every Mama (and Papa) Bear sure their kids are safer this season.

FBIFBI Child ID

In a worst-case scenario situation and your child goes missing Halloween night, FBI Child ID, created by the FBI, will be the only app you’ll turn to for a swift response to a parent’s worst nightmare. The app is free to download and priceless in its power. The app stores photos and identification information about your child which can be sent to the proper authorities in seconds. Along with advice on what to do if you cannot locate your child, the app is set up to store contact information for your police department and other relevant phone numbers you may need at a moment’s notice in a time of crisis.

Going Strawless can Make a Big Impact

Join Sundays with Victoria and Grom Social and pledge to go strawless, because even little changes can make big difference.

Single-use plastic straws have become a major environmental issue as they do not break down and are not compostable or recyclable. Plastic straws can make their way into the waterways and end up in the ocean creating a toxic mess and danger for all the animals that call it home and the people who enjoy it. An estimated 500 million (half a billion) plastic straws are thrown away each day in the U.S. alone. That means 182,500,000,000 straws per year go into the landfills, streams, lakes, and oceans!

Not all people can go strawless, especially those with disabilities, but choosing to switch to an eco-friendly alternative in your daily life will help to make you part of the solution, reducing pollution at its source! Together we can make a difference.

What can you do:

Don’t use single-use plastic straws

Find and use reusable straw alternatives at home or on the go

Talk to others about going strawless.

Support organizations that are trying to make a difference like Lonely Whale.

Ready to make a difference?  Silicone straws are great for kids as they are soft flexible and stainless straws are awesome because they almost chill your drink as it is sucked through!

Try these alternative straw solutions:

Great Ways to Celebrate Dad on Father’s Day

 

Father’s Day is June 17th, and it is time to celebrate! For some, that means checking in on parents we haven’t seen for way too long. Or maybe it means teaming up with the kids to show your husband how much you all love him. And – for the lucky dads out there – it is time to kick back and relax!  If you’re not sure how to celebrate, don’t worry: we have got you covered. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your Father’s Day.

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