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US Cellular Blogger Brigade Ambassador Program.
If your child wants a cellphone you need this.
After months of deliberation, your children have finally found the perfect Halloween costume. Fresh bags of candy are nestled in their holiday-themed bowls ready and waiting for little gouls and goblins. Jack-o-Lanterns carved with the precision of a surgeon line the porch their garish smiles ready to greet trick-or-treaters.
Halloween is upon us, and every step has been taken to make it perfect. Down to the tiniest snack sized Snickers.
However, Halloween is also a time to be safety conscience, especially for those of you with teens and tweens attending Halloween parties or trick-or-treating.
It’s a night where staying connected with kids takes on increased importance. Fortunately, today’s parents can breathe a little easier, thanks to the prevalence of smartphones and some of the top-rated apps that can make Halloween safer and more fun.
According to a recent U.S. Cellular survey, nearly half (47%) of parents have a child with a cellphone, and the average age children receive their first cellphone is 12.
The U.S. Cellular Parent Child Agreement is the perfect way to start the conversation about cell phone rules and etiquette and set expectations for Halloween night.
Most modern smartphones come with several tools useful for Halloween safety. For example, you can:
Set up alarms on your child’s phone for periodic reminders to check in.
Program your phone numbers into their phone as ICE (In Case of Emergency).
Take advantage of the flashlight function for night visibility.
You can also take advantage of these top-rated, free or low cost apps for Halloween safety:
Family Locator: Keep tabs on trick-or-treating family members with the Family Locator app. This free app allows parents to see kids’ locations in real time, get notifications when they reach their destination and receive alerts when they go somewhere unsafe.
Red Panic Button: In case of emergency, parents can ensure they’re reachable at a moment’s notice with the Red Panic Button app. A press of the button sends an SMS and email that contains a link to Google Maps and their GPS coordinates to everyone in the panic contact list.
FBI Child ID: This free app provides invaluable tools in case a child goes missing. Convenient electronic storage of photos and vital information about your child enables parents to show pictures and provide physical identifiers to first responders, as well as easily email the information to authorities.
Ghost Radar: Have a little fun this Halloween with the Ghost Radar app! This free app takes Halloween safety to a paranormal level by alerting users to any possible paranormal activity in the area. Ghost Radar takes various readings on the device, and includes a voice to announce when interesting words have been detected.
The best way to have fun on Halloween is to be safe, and eat lots of candy of course.
Disclosure: Through the rest of the year I’ll be sharing some more of My BETTER MOMENTS as a US Cellular Better Moments Blogger Brigade Ambassador. All opinions are my own and an honest view of my story as a US Cellular customer.