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Want To Take Helicopter Parenting To Never Before Dreamed of Heights This Halloween? There's an App for that!

By amywindsor |

Never wonder where your child is again.

Do you get anxious if your child is out of your field of vision? Do you break out in hives contemplating the fact that your child may wander, in search of the ultimate Halloween candy score, to another block? Are you ready to let your little one go trick-or-treating solo with friends, but not yet able to do so without hyperventilating for fear they might get lost… or worse??

Then this app is for you! Well, it might be if you are a parent that has a child who is old enough to be left alone for trick-or-treating, but young enough that you worry about them being abducted, but old enough that they can be trusted with an iPhone or Android phone, but not quite old enough to look at you like you’re nuts when you suggest that you want to put a GPS tracker on them.

The app is called SecuraFone and once loaded on your child’s smart phone (or your phone that you are willing to loan out for the evening), it will send you his or her location at regular intervals so you can keep an eye on them from home. The PR pitch comes with some very scary statistics about how many children are abducted every year in the USA and implies that one’s desire to believe the world is a good place that is safe enough to send our kids into on Halloween night is not founded on reality.

Yikes! Even I want to sign up after reading that!!

Being a fair-minded individual, I concede putting a GPS-via-smart-phone tracker on your child is probably better than not letting your child go trick-or-treating at all. Or making them look like a baby in front of their friends who are allowed to go trick-or-treating solo.

Having your child lose your precious smart phone in the excitement and candy-induced hysteria of Halloween because you were acting like a Nervous Nelly is, like, about a thousand times worse, though.

Securafone will be available for download later this month and does a LOT more GPS-type tracking than just location pinging. According to the CNET review, the app can:
1. Track the phone’s location
2. Monitor the speed at which it is traveling and notify you if a certain speed is surpassed
3. Notify you if the phone goes outside “geo-fences” that you can program in
4. Disable all phone functions if traveling over a certain speed – aka The Distracted Driver Element
5. Set up text or email notifications if the phone is not where it is supposed to be at pre-set times.
And it does all that for  only $8.95 a month.

I don’t know about you, but I am SO glad I am not a teenager today… because, holy cow, you could not get away with ANYTHING if you had this on your phone.

Photo Credit: © Taras Livyy – Fotolia.com

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About amywindsor

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Amy Windsor is an avid mommy blogger whose blog, Bitchin' Wives Club, was named one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Blogs in 2012. She was a contributor to Babble's Parenting channels.

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0 thoughts on “Want To Take Helicopter Parenting To Never Before Dreamed of Heights This Halloween? There's an App for that!

  1. bob says:

    I like the geofences idea, but where’s the shock function?

  2. Jill says:

    Ha! Those poor, poor teenagers. They can’t tell the parents they’re “at the movies” anymore, can they? But maybe someone will develop an app *for that* — apps to block a helicopter mom’s GPS.

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