Monday, October 5, 2015

Keeping Your Family Safe During Halloween With Family Friendly Apps #SPONSORED

Disclosure: As part of the Better Moments Blogger Brigade Program, I did receive compensation for this post. The opinions here are mine and nobody else's. I have been a U.S. Cellular customer for 15+ years. In fact, I have never been with another cell phone company.

Halloween is a time of year that kids and families of all ages look forward to each year. From costumes to sweet treats, Halloween offers plenty for kids to get excited about. Parents and guardians, on the other hand, may feel some anxiety about the holiday, especially if they have teens or tweens who trick or treat and attend Halloween parties. It's a night where staying connected with kids takes on an increased importance. 

Fortunately, today's parents can breathe a little easier, thanks to smart phones and the top rated apps that can make Halloween a little safer and more fun. According to a recent U.S. Cellular survey, nearly half (47 percent) of parents have a child with a cell phone, and the average age children receive their first cell phone is 12.  The Samsung Galaxy 6S Edge is a great tool for keeping families connected. The key is to start the conversation about online safety early and install the U.S. Cellular Parent Child Agreement. This opens the doorway for communication and will hopefully help you and your family avoid any issues.

Here are some tips apps that will help your family breathe a little easier during the Halloween season and all the fun that goes along with the holiday.

- Take advantage of the flashlight function for night visibility (Most modern smart phones have this capability).

- Program phone numbers into their phone as ICE (In Case of Emergency)

-Set up alarms on your child's smart phone for periodic reminders to check in with you

Free or low cost apps for families for Halloween safety:

Family Locator App: Keeps tabs on trick or treating family members with the free Family Locator App. This free app allows parents to see their kids' locations in real time, get notifications when their kids reach their destination and allows parents to receive alerts when kids enter areas that are unsafe.

Red Panic Button App: In case of emergency, parents can ensure they're reachable at a moments notice with the Red Panic Button app.

A press of the button sends an SMS and e-mail that contains a link to Google Maps and their GPS coordinates to everyone in the panic button contact list.

FBI Child ID App: 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 e-mail information to authorities.

Ghost Radar App: 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 your area.

Ghost Radar takes various reading on the device and includes a voice to announce when interesting words have been detected.

Halloween should be a fun event for your family! And just in case you are stumped on a Halloween costume for yourself or others, this costume will be the life of any party! Easy, affordable and fun to make, check it out!

U.S. Cellular continues to offer families easy ways to stay connected. Start the conversation early, so you don't have issues with your kids and cell phone usage. Enjoy Halloween and be safe during the month of October. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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