AT&T promotes safety awareness and education throughout Florida.
As Halloween is quickly approaching, AT&T recommends the following tips to help parents maximize wireless phones:
• Program emergency contact numbers. Program numbers for nearby family and close friends to the speed-dial list on your and your children’s cell phones.
• Have a family communications plan in place. Tell your kids to call home if they become separated from the group or if they ever feel scared or lost.
• Capture/Share the moment. Use your camera or video phone feature to snap those funny, spur-of-the-moment photos or videos of your kids in their Halloween costumes. If you have a location-based service like FamilyMap, you can keep track of your child’s wireless device, so you know where he or she is and have peace of mind.
• Create a "Trick-or-Treat" patrol. Have a group of adults monitoring Halloween activities by posting people with wireless phones throughout the neighborhood. It's a great way to keep neighborhoods safe and builds camaraderie.
• Make sure your wireless phone has a fully charged battery. That way, you can be assured the phone is working while out and around the neighborhood.
• Raise the volume. With all the noise of a group, it can be hard to hear the phone ring, so be sure to put the volume on high and select a clearly audible ring tone.
• Make sure kids can easily access their wireless phone. Costumes and candy can get cumbersome -- use a belt clip or other accessory that leaves hands free but keeps the phone within easy reach.
• Establish a periodic check-in time. For older children who may venture out with less supervision, set a periodic check-in time to call or text home through the evening to ensure they are OK.
• Keep a list of adults’ contact information. Trade phone numbers will all parents who are in your party, especially if you can’t physically be with your kids.
• Be a Wireless Samaritan. If you see anything suspicious or out of place, use your wireless phone to call 9-1-1 or notify local law enforcement authorities.
• Drive responsibly. Don’t let phone conversations or texting be a distraction as you cruise the neighborhood.
In addition, here are some cool Halloween safety apps that parents might want to check out:
- Track-O-Lantern (Android, $1.99) – This app lets you monitor your child’s phone from your home computer. The parent needs to download the free Track-O-Lantern reader on his/her wireless device, PC or Mac. The free reader for the Track-o-Lantern Halloween child tracker works as a map. Install on the parent’s phone, log in with credentials from the child’s phone, and you’re up and monitoring. Displays history and current location.
- Life360 App: (Android and iOS, Free) - This location app allows family members to alert one another when they’ve arrived at a destination. It also allows family members to follow each other’s movements with minute-by-minute updates and real-time check-ins with the tap of a button. The app also lets you view safety points and threats that may be nearby.
- FBI Child ID App: The free app provides you with a convenient location to electronically store photos and vital information about your children, like height, weight, and photos, so that it’s immediately available if you need it. The app also includes tips on keeping children safe and tells you what to do in the first few hours after your child goes missing.
- Lookout App: A free app allows you to see your child’s phone location on your computer or phone. Even if the phone’s GPS is off or the phone battery is dead, Lookout can still locate it on a Google map. You can manage your family’s cellphone mobile devices, as well as back up photos, contacts, and call history.
Have a safe and healthy Halloween!