Sioux Falls, SD
A major concern for many parents each Halloween is keeping their kids safe. Parents often worry about where their child is trick or treating, well now, there's an app for that.
These days it seems like there's an app for just about anything. Professionals in the wireless world say a tracking app that helps parents keep an eye on their kids was just a natural progression.
For many kids, it's their favorite time of the year. But no matter how fun the costumes are or how responsible you think your child is, parents still worry about sending their kids out on Halloween.
"You know with a seven year-old I think it's really important for parents to go around with their children. We will be going around door to door with my son, he's not allowed to go out on his own," Bridget Lee mother of a 7 year old boy said.
Even though Lee is taking her son out trick or treating, she's still taking extra precautions to make sure he will be seen by others on Halloween night.
"We also have reflective stripes on his pants, so if any cars are driving by they can see him. Just incase he runs out across the street or gets excited goes to another house. We also go some special glow face pain that is supposed to light up his face," Lee said.
But as kids get older, they tend to venture out on their own. Now a new app is helping ease some of that worry for parents.
"There are a lot of different apps like Life360 and the Trick or Tracker app," Andrew Ness assistant manager of Wireless World said.
These apps will send parents a location of their child's whereabouts via text message.
"It will use the location service that is in the phone already, it's not exact but its close and then basically go from there," Ness said.
These new apps are something that doesn't surprise phone professionals or even parents.
"As more kids have smart phones you are going to find more apps that help parents with their kids," Ness said.
"I think that there is a lot of great new technology out there and I think that it will be very helpful for a lot of parents," Lee said.
Ness suggests you do your own research before signing up for the apps because some require monthly fees while others do not.