Apps to track your trick-or-treating kids

Apps to track your trick-or-treating kids

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by NATALIE SWABY / KING 5 News

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Posted on October 28, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 28 at 10:36 AM

SEATTLE -- With Halloween days away, many of you are shopping for costumes and candy, but should you be app shopping too? There are a handful of Halloween cell phone apps on the market that claim to help parents keep track of kids on the holiday. Some of the apps use GPS technology on Smartphones. 
 
The Trick or Tracker app monitors your child's location, and notifies you if your child travels outside a pre-set perimeter. It costs $4.99 to download.
 
The Glympse app allows people to share their location, and you can download it for free. Your child would need to carry a Smartphone and you could track their location from your computer or mobile device.
 
Timo Baver, vice president of business development for Glympse, said the Glympse app has been available for about three years and has had more than a million downloads. The Glympse app allows the user to decide who can track their movements and for how long.
 
"With Glympse, you specifically tell somebody it's 15 minutes or an hour, then it expires. You can expire it manually early also. I think that is key because sometimes people just forget," said Baver.
 
At one Seattle costume store, parents weighed in if they would try it. Sandy Demeritt said she would not use it.
 
"I think I'd feel better going out with them and trick or treating with them," said Demeritt.
 
Heather Smith said her son is too young for that kind of technology, but it is something she would consider in a few years.
 
"I think it is a great way to use technology. I think it is nice to have that as a security for your family," said Smith.
 
Several of the companies offering the Halloween apps suggest it as a tool for older children. On Trick or Tracker's website it states if a child is too young to use a Smartphone, the company believes they are probably too young to be trick or treating without a parent or guardian.

 

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