One of the scariest things I may see this Halloween is my 13-year-old disappearing down the street with her big group of friends to go on her first trick-or-treating trek without me. And while it’s hard to believe the years of us trick-or-treating together are history (sniff), I feel better knowing that I can peek in on her throughout the night using Glympse’s free Track-n-Treat app for iOS.
Our readers have been asking for a good child tracker for Halloween night, and this is one I can really recommend.
What I like most about Track-n-Treat is how easy it is to get going, since I have waaaaaaay too much to do already today. Using the same Glympse GPS tracking app that we featured recently, this free Halloween-themed app is downloaded onto your child’s own iOS device. They then enter the email address or smartphone number of those people who should access to their whereabouts for the night.
In our case, this would obviously include me, but my daughter may also want to include a couple of her friends from the next neighborhood over, so that they can meet up during the evening.
Once she enables the location sharing with a swipe of her finger, those invited to track her whereabouts will be sent a text or email that gives them access to her GPS location for four hours–about the time she’ll be out collecting treats and then gathering at a friend’s house to swap candy.
I like that her whereabouts will only be visible to those she has invited to see, though I have a feeling that our entire neighborhood will know when her group of 10+ tween girls is anywhere in the vicinity.
If your tween or teen will be out trick-or-treating without you, download Glympse’s free Track-n-Treat app for iOS to keep an eye on them throughout the night. And as always, talk to your kids about why you’re installing it. It’s not a punishment or a spying technique–it’s a good step for them towards more freedom and responsibility.