Safety Apps for Kids: The Halloween Edition

Safety Apps for Kids: The Halloween Edition

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Safety Apps for Kids

There are many safety apps for kids. There are a number of different apps we can use to keep our kids safe, and there are apps we can use to teach our kids about safety. There are so many apps in general we often forget to add safety apps to our kids’ smartphones and teach them how and when to use them.

However, teaching kids how to use apps is an important part of parenting.

Lessons tend to stick when we tie them in with relevant events. Fall is the time of year when our kids tend to begin doing after-school and extra evening and weekend activities. So, it’s a great time of year to discuss safety.

And, Halloween is just around the corner. Plan a fun evening of pumpkin decorating complete with pumpkin chili, caramel apples, and a family discussion on safety. Here are some of my favorite safety apps for kids.

Safety Apps for Kids: The Halloween Edition

SOS-Stay Safe1. SOS – Stay Safe!

SOS-Stay Safe! is a simple safety app. This is an easy-to-use, basic app that is easy enough for even young kids to use. All you need to do is press the POWER button of your phone three times in succession. SOS-Stay Safe! automatically sends an emergency message to friends and family along with your location and device battery level.

In-App Purchases: Yes
Supports Family Sharing: Yes

Android         Kindle

Noonlight2. Noonlight App

Noonlight (formerly Safetrek) works differently than other safety apps. This is an app to use when you are feeling unsafe. If you’re feeling scared, simply open Noonlight. Then, hold your thumb on the safe button. Once you are safe, release the button and enter your 4-digit pin. If you find yourself in danger, release the button and do not enter your pin. Doing so will notify local police of your location and emergency. Noonlight also works with GoogleHome and Alexa. So, if you are home and can’t reach your phone you can get help.

In-App Purchases: Yes
Supports Family Sharing: Yes

iOS    Android

image of Circle of 6 app #14 on my list of 20 Best Apps for College Students3. Circle of 6

Circle of 6 helps you stay safe by connecting you to six trusted contacts, whenever and wherever. You can use the pre-programmed “come and get me” message with your GPS location, or easily call national and local emergency hotlines in critical situations. This is hands down my favorite safety app for college students. If you have a student in college, send them a note to make sure they have Circle of 6 along with a fun fall package. Really!

In-App Purchases: Yes
Supports Family Sharing: Yes

iOS

Life 360 app4. Life 360

Family Locator by Life360 uses GPS to show you on a map where your family members are located as well as where sex offenders are registered in your area. You can identify places such as home or school and receive alerts when family members arrive or leave there. You can also send family members messages with one tap such as “running late” or “on my way.”

There’s also a Panic feature which family members can use to send a phone call, e-mail, and text message that includes his or her GPS coordinates to everyone linked by the app. But what’s especially endearing about Family Locator is not only can it locate lost or stolen smartphones, it can track and find up to five non-smartphones as well.

In-App Purchases: Yes
Supports Family Sharing: Yes

iOS     Android     Kindle

MamaBear app5. MamaBear

MamaBear is a safety app for families. Using MamaBear, parents keep track of their child’s location, monitor social media and text messages, and monitor their teen’s driving. It’s a well-rounded app which lives up to its name. And, while it’s not a replacement for a parent, it sure can assist parents in keeping kids safe.

In-App Purchases: Yes
Supports Family Sharing: Yes

iOS    Android

TrueMotion Family Safety App6. TrueMotion Family Safe Driving

Many parents worry when their teens are driving. With TrueMotion you can not only track your teen’s driving habits but also motivate them to drive safely by creating a fun family competition. In the app, you’ll set up all members of the family who drive. TrueMotion will track driving habits of all family members. All drivers in the family can see the score of other family members. This creates a healthy family competition for the best score where your teen will be motivated to ride safely in order to beat other family members.

In-App Purchases: No
Supports Family Sharing: Yes

iOS    Android

FBI Child ID app7. FBI Child ID

FBI Child ID provides a place to electronically store photos and vital information about your child so you have it on hand should you ever need it. Parents will also find tips on child safety. And, guidance on what to do in the crucial first 48 hours after a child goes missing.

In-App Purchases: No
Supports Family Sharing: Yes

iOS      Android

 ICE Medical Standard app8.   ICE Medical Standard

No one wants to think that an accident will send their child to the emergency room. But, we need to be prepared for it. Luckily there’s an app we can have ready for that day. ICE: In Case of Emergency—makes your child’s medical info available to EMTs and doctors. And where other apps only provide this information when your child’s smartphone is unlocked, this app makes it accessible even with the phone locked. It’s comforting to know, should your child need the assistance of emergency responders and you aren’t there or able to unlock their phone, they can get the information needed.  

In-App Purchases: No
Supports Family Sharing: Yes

iOS      Android

9. Emergency ChatImage of Emergency Chat app. #1 on my list of Best Apps for Special Needs Learners.

Recommended Ages: 5-7

Emergency Chat is perfect for kids and adults with special needs who need to communicate, but speech isn’t an option. The creators of the Emergency Chat developed this app especially for users who are experiencing an “autistic meltdown, where their speech centers stay non-functional for a while even after they’ve recovered.”

The main screen of Emergency Chat comes with preset splash text that explains the user cannot use speech at this moment, but instead wants to use the app to communicate. Both the title and text can be adjusted in the settings screen to be whatever you want the person you give your phone to know. The following screen has a simple chat function that then allows two people to communicate back and forth.

This app gives control back to those who need an option for communication when communicating verbally isn’t possible.

In-App Purchases: No
Supports Family Sharing: Yes

iOS        Android 

Monster Guard safety app 10. Monster Guard

Prepare kids for real life emergencies with Monster Guard. This safety app by the Red Cross is perfect for kids ages 6-11. Kids learn what to do in real-life emergencies with fun characters and interactive games. With Monster Guard, kids can learn how to be safe while still having fun.

In-App Purchases: No
Supports Family Sharing: Yes

iOS      Android

What are your favorite safety apps for kids? Be sure to share them with us in the comments section below!

Safety Apps for Kids

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