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Is a Child Locator Smartphone App on Halloween Overprotective?

As you and your kids get ready to trick-or-treat around the neighborhood, how will you make sure they’re safe?

Trick-or-treating is almost a rite of passage for children to venture out of their homes at night for the first time without their parents.

But thanks to the ever-expanding store of smartphone apps, technology is now helping moms and dads keep track of their kids.

A smartphone application developer, Iconosys, Inc., in Southern California has developed the Trick or Tracker, which allows parents to locate exactly where their children are using the GPS on their trick-or-treaters’ phones.

As children become increasingly tech savvy, they can use their iPhones to find their way home. The Trick or Tracker has a tracking compass that can guide children home.

Are these smartphone apps completely overboard? Have adults become too reliant on technology in building communicative, strong relationships with their children?

Some argue that “smart” phones have made children less and less inclined to use common sense, rendering them directionally-challenged.

So tell us in the comments, how will you keep your children safe this Halloween?

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Amie Sue October 26, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I want an app that tells my son which houses give out full size candy bars, or whose got the Reese's so I can steal one the next day :0)
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) October 26, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Ha, ha ... Amie Sue, you're like me. I'm always taking candy from my kids! But seriously, I don't think kids should be allowed to trick-or-treat by themselves unless they're over 18! Too dangerous out there to let them be alone and unsupervised.
Mary Smith October 26, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Sheila ... I agree with you 100%. Although, truth be told, I don't think they should go out by themselves until they're at least 32!! Kidding! Sorta Not really ...
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz October 27, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Too bad that Halloween has not been safe for quite a while now. When I used to work in the E R, we would allow kids to bring there candy in. So we would X-Ray it to make sure it was safe.
Isis Moonheart October 29, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Definitely nothing is overprotective these days, so sad they can't run and roam the streets like we did. Being under protected leaves mean scars. We had lots of fun and paid a price, I miss my friends that paid it ultimately. Overprotective mommy they complain, I can give them hugs and say " I know"
jenny guevarra October 29, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Anyone know of a good place to trick or treat in Los Gatos? I hear there is a specific neighborhood where all the houses go all out during halloween. Please let me know and if there is a specific time as well? Thanks

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