6 Tips for a Safe Halloween #BetterMoments

This is a post sponsored by U.S. Cellular.  I am part of the #BetterMoments Blogger Brigade and was compensated for this review.  All opinions are, as always, my own.

I can’t believe that Halloween is just around the corner!  This year we will have three little ones trick or treating.  I absolutely love all the holidays, and having Halloween be the first one, with decorations and costumes, it is an exciting time.  I think my kids have been preparing for this since August – they absolutely love all the costumes, not to mention the candy.

With kids that are still little, they will obviously be with us trick or treating, but I know that there will be lots of older kids out on their own.  This is a perfect time to talk about cell phone rules with your child utilizing the U.S. Cellular Parent Child Agreement.

I am thinking about going over this agreement with my kids, even though they are still so young.  It seems like every other day my oldest (7) is asking when she can get her own iPhone.  I was really happy to see that the average age for a child receiving a cell phone is 12.  Although, I think that the average age is definitely going down.

Halloween is a night that parents want to stay connected with their kids.  And with *47% of parents having a child with a cellphone, technology is paving the way on how we stay connected to our kids.

Safety is a huge concern anytime kids are going out alone at night.

Most smart phones have some simple tools you can use to help keep your child safe and connected.
·       Use the alarm function to serve as a reminder to check in
·       Always program your phone numbers as the ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact
·       Also take advantage of the flashlight capability – my iPhone 6 has an amazingly bright flashlight!

There are also an amazing amount of apps out there that can help keep your children (and you!) safe while you are out.  Here are my top three.

Family Locator – This app does just what it says, locates your family.  It keeps you updated on your child’s location in real time.  You can receive notifications when they arrive at their destination and get alerts when they are going somewhere unsafe.

Red Panic Button – In case of an emergency, this app brings a lot of peace of mind.  With the push of a button, an SMS and e-mail that contains a link to Google Maps and the person’s GPS coordinates is sent to everyone on their panic contact list.

FBI Child ID – This is a free app that provides an amazing array of tools in case a child goes missing.  Convenient electronic storage of photos and other vital information about your child enables parents to show pictures and provide physical identifiers to first responders, as well as easily e-mail the information to authorities.

What is your favorite part about Halloween?  Do you have rules for your kids when they go out trick-or-treating?

*According to a recent U.S. Cellular survey.

1 comment:

  1. Great that there are so many apps to give you extra peace of mind! Thank you for all the tips! We always go out trick-or-treating altogether, safety in numbers :-) plus it's such a fun time!


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