Trick or Tracker App Points Kids Home
CREDIT: Shutterstock: Christi Bastion
In the annual race to score the most candy on Halloween night, kids can easily lose their way. App developer Iconosys has updated its family tracking app to include a safety compass that points children in the direction of home.
Its Trick or Tracker app links a parent's and child's phone and uses each phone's GPS capabilities to monitor locations. If parents leave the house to visit a neighbor, the compass will point in the direction of the parents' location. Children must have an Android phone , but parents don't need one; they can use their iPhone, BlackBerry or Windows 7 phone.
Parents can set a boundary or geo-fence by specifying an acceptable radius around the home on the app's map. If a child wanders out of range, the parent will receive a text message alert. Also, curfews can be enforced through Trick or Tracker. A "latchkey kid" feature sends an alert to the parent's phone when children arrive at the door.
On a lighter note, the child's app has a flashlight for illuminating dark pathways or finding that special treat at the bottom of a full pillowcase of loot. Kids can choose from white, glow-stick neon colors or other holiday hues.
Trick or Tracker 3.0 is available for download from TrickorTracker.com or from the Amazon App Store. The app costs $5 for a lifetime license. And though the app has a Halloween theme, its useful safety features won't disappear at the stroke of midnight — it works all year long.
Extra treat: Wondering which neighborhoods are the best for trick-or-treating? Zillow, a real estate app developer, recently released its fourth annual Trick-or-Treat Index. Results reveal the top 20 cities in terms of providing the most candy and the safest environment.