Is a Child Locator Smartphone App on Halloween Overprotective?

As your 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 or Blackberrys to find their way home. The Trick or Tracker has a tracking compass that can guide children home.

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

Others 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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Anthony October 20, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Back in the day I didn't have a smart phone to let my parents know where I was. Though I think it's smart to be able to track your kid on Halloween, it's jus another reason this future generation is going to lack street smarts.
Alex Horvath October 21, 2012 at 05:58 AM
With all the cyber-tracking and data-mining that goes on with apps and internet, I would say that the app sounds more opportunistic (for app developers) than over-protective.
Yvonne Wild October 21, 2012 at 08:30 PM
My youngest child is now 37.I was hell on wheels knowing where and what my kids were doing.If I had young kids today,no FBI,CIA, or any app would out do mom.


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