Overprotective parents needing an extra hand keeping tabs on their kids this Halloween need not look further than their smartphone. Within the last week, apps like “Track n Treat” and “Family GPS Tracker” have seen a spike in downloads, likely because, well, it’s that wonderful time of year when the children will go door-to-door in search of candy.
With Track n Treat, , children send a time-limited link of their location via a phone number or e-mail. This then allows parents to track their whereabouts via a Web browser for the next four hours.
“Halloween is fun for kids of all ages but, as a parent, I know there are real concerns about a child’s safety while trick-or-treating, especially after dark. We created Track n Treat to provide assurance to parents by giving them a real-time view on where their children are on All Hallows Eve,” said Bryan Trussel, co-founder and CEO of Glympse, creator of the app . “We are using technology to give parents peace of mind.”
While nothing beats supervision and practicing safety tips with your kids, using technology as a sidekick isn’t such a bad idea, particularly on a holiday when kids are out in droves and parents are on high alert.
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Apps like Track n Treat fall under the category of “toeing the line of privacy invasion.” Of course, given how limited Glympe’s app provides tracking, the idea isn’t so much about privacy invasion as knowing where your kids are and for how long. This opens the discussion up amongst parents on how and why we use tech with our offspring, and at what point are we just using these for safety versus snooping on them?
Even the safest communities in the world can have kidnappers, or maybe your child just has a wandering eye. It's very easy for a child to get distracted at the park or at a store and wander out of eyesight. With GPS tracking for your child, you can easily find where your child is when you can't see them.
As every parent knows, the safety of their children is always their largest concern. Because GPS tracking devices allow you to pinpoint the exact location of your child anytime and anywhere, the answer should be a no-brainer, at least when it comes to holidays like Halloween.
Any other time of the year, it’s a gray subject area.
Will you use GPS technology to track your kids this Halloween?
Edited by Ryan Sartor