News

Tracking Trick-or-Treaters? There’s an app for that

Tracking Trick-or-Treaters? There’s an app for that

TRICK OR TREAT: Apps let parents track their Trick-or-Treaters. Photo: iStockPhoto

By Natasha Baker

TORONTO (Reuters) – Parents worried about letting their children go trick-or-treating at Halloween can download new apps that track children and send alerts when they venture outside designated safe areas.

With the free iPhone app Track n Treat, children send a time-limited link of their location via a phone number or email. This then allows parents to track their whereabouts via a web browser for the next four hours.

“Kids are out and about and their parents want to know where they are, so Halloween is a great use of a temporary location-sharing technology,” said Bryan Trussel, CEO of Seattle-based Glympse, which creates person-to-person location sharing technologies.

Another free app, Family GPS Tracker for iPhone and Android, not only lets parents see where their children are in real-time, but also sends alerts when a child strays outside of an set area.

“With the app you can always be aware of where your children are located, and can call them immediately if they venture outside of the safe zone,” said Michal Ć tencl, the CEO of Sygic, which is based in Slovakia.

Life360, another free app for iPhone and Android, lets family members view each others’ location on a map and keep in touch via group messaging.

“A twelve-year-old might be too young to go out completely on their own, but an app can give them more freedom,” said Chris Hulls, CEO of Life360, which is based in San Francisco.

The app allows users to set up zones and notifications showing, for example, when a child arrives at school, or when a spouse leaves work or gets home.

“We’re trying to build a family graph,” Hulls said. “You have Facebook for your friends and LinkedIn for your work contacts, but what is the equivalent for your family life?”

Recent Headlines

2 hours ago in Local

Washington puts a price on closing oldest Colstrip units

Updated
coal refinery

This is the first time real numbers have been put out

3 hours ago in Local

The state looks to setting intentional fires to minimize unintentional wildfires

Updated
fire

Bill sponsors want to permit more controlled burns

3 hours ago in Local

The state turns to automatic voter registration after record low turnout

Updated
Every-Vote-Counts

Both the House and Senate are looking at separate bills

4 hours ago in Local

Accusations of trying to get a bribe is sending a Seattle auditor to court

Updated
Marijuana

Store owner says the man tried to get $20,000 out of him.

4 hours ago in Local

Governor Inslee’s cabinet takes a hit

Updated
Governor Jay Inslee

A rejection from the state senate and a department head steps down.