For parents with teens, you’ve probably dreaded making the decision to let your kids go “trick or treating” without parental supervision for quite some time. You have decided that this year is the year you finally let your kids venture out into the [early] night to solicit goodies from strangers along.
That sounds scary, but using technology and a little bit of pre-planning, you can let your teens have fun this Halloween, while still providing direction and guidance. Using Google Maps Apps on your smartphone and a mobile-ready printer, you can print out “approved homes” for your kids to visit to feel just a little more secure.
Print Parent-Approved Halloween Routes for Teens 1 of 6
Get Familiar With the Neighborhood 2 of 6You can use the Google Maps Apps on your smartphone to pre-plan potential routes for your kids to take. Now, you will have to go out for a walk or drive to scout potential homes for your teens to visit. Now would be a good time to get to know your neighbors and your neighborhood and find out who they are and if they will be passing out candy.
Pinpoint Exact Houses 3 of 6While you're scouting houses, you can also use Google Maps on your smartphone to pin point the exact house location. You can use the "Drop Pin" feature to get an exact address along with a street-view image of approved houses so your teens hit the right spots.
Street-View Screen Capture 4 of 6The Google Maps Street View feature is handy because you can get more information about a location like the actual address and event a picture if a Google camera has mapped the location. While in Street View, capture a screen shot of the house information on your smartphone (hold Power + Home button in most cases) to save it in your images gallery.
Send to Printer 5 of 6
You can open the HP ePrinter app (if you have an HP mobile printer) to send the screen shot to your printer on location to have the prints ready by the time you get home.
Add notes to prints 6 of 6
As a Helicopter concerned parent, if you feel the need to add more information, you can add notes right to the print-outs to ensure your kids all get the necessary information to hit the right houses.
It’s scary (see what I did there) to send you kids out into the world, but if you start now by educating yourself and your kids on the smart ways to use mobile technology, you can ease your fears.