Keep your children safe - top apps and advice

Some people lament the technological age and how the children of today are glued to their tablets and phones, but these devices can offer more than just entertainment. With the right app, you can actually use the smartphones to keep your children safe. The world is a dangerous place, but these five apps will provide you with important information that just might save your child’s life.

Mama Bear

They say that it may take a little while, but your mother will always find out the truth about where you were and what you were doing. With Mama Bear you can speed up the process and see if your kids need some additional guidance immediately. The basic Mama Bear account is free, and the premium account costs $4.99 per month.

With the free app, you can monitor their social media activity and text messages. There’s also a GPS tracker so that you can see exactly where your child is and receive driving and speed notifications for older kids. The paid programs allow you to eliminate the ads that run on the free version, plus you can see the prior week of daily locations.

Mama Bear child safety app for mobile
Mama Bear

Sygic Family Locator

The modern family is always on the go, and your kids can wind up in different parts of town on the same day. With Sygic Family Locator you can make sure that everyone is exactly where they need to be. You can quickly see where your family members are and keep in touch with them using instant messages. If a child gets lost, then an SOS button will send you their GPS location so that you can alert authorities and get the help you need.

However, it goes beyond simple GPS tracking and locations. If your child is becoming more independent and starting to explore areas on his or her own, then you can set safe and unsafe zones. When your child wanders into a forbidden area, you’ll be notified.

You can also check the battery levels of other phones linked to your app so that you can remind family members to charge their smartphones. The app starts at $22.49, and the premium plan is $30.99.

Sygic Family Locator child safety app for mobile
Sygic Family Locator

Life 360

Technology has numerous benefits for the whole family and Life 360 is aimed towards the active family where everyone has a different schedule. With GPS positioning, it makes it easy for you to check in with family members and see where they are located. There’s even a button for emergencies in case one of the kids needs you right away.

Chat options are available so that you can keep up with family members, and the app can be customized to fit different needs and situations. Core services are free, but you may choose to pay a little extra for the ability to track a non-smartphone device. For only $4.99 a month, you can also have instant Roadside Assistance, stolen phone protection, and a 24/7 live advisor who can help you navigate different emergencies.

Life 360 child safety app for mobile
Life 360

Family Medical Info

In the case of a medical emergency, EMTs need to know about allergies, medications, and other important information in order to provide the right treatment. Your smartphone can help save a life because, with this app, all of that information is right in the phone.

For the low cost of $1.99, Family Medical Info can store medical information for the entire family, easily fill out school and camp forms, and ensure that emergency contact information is easy to find. This app is a must have for families who have diabetic children or other serious medical conditions that require constant monitoring and awareness.

Family Medical Info app for mobile
Family Medical Info

Child ID

Offered by the FBI, the Child ID app (https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/child_080511/child-id-app) is in place to help find missing children. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that more than 400,000 children go missing every year, and the minutes spent waiting for a lost child to appear can be excruciating.

This simple app allows you to store current pictures and information regarding your child’s vital statistics. Having fast access to this information can make a difference in a situation where every second counts. With the click of a button, you can email the information to authorities to speed up the search process.

Child ID child safety app for mobile

Conclusion

These apps are designed to give parents peace of mind along with some valuable tools that can be used in everyday situations. Most have free versions, and they’re all quite affordable even for the premium plans. If you’re worried about keeping your children safe in a dangerous world, then consider making your own additions to their smartphones and putting technology to work for you.

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AuthorLisa Michaels is a freelance writer, editor and a striving content marketing consultant from Portland. Being self-employed, she does her best to stay on top of the current trends in the business world. She spends her free time trying out new recipes or reading Scandinavian crime novels. Feel free to connect with her on Twitter @LisaBMichaels.