Halloween is around the corner and with trips to pumpkin patches, fall carnivals, and trick or treating keeping kids accounted for an in tow can be a challenge. It can be even more challenging if you are a single parent or if you are doing it all alone. The American Academy of Pediatrics has a great article all about Halloween Safety. One aspect of keeping kids safe is keeping track of them. With so many exciting things to see and scary ghouls and goblins around, kids may get lost.
Here are a few tips on keeping kids safe when trick or treating or when visiting Halloween activities or fairs:
- Have a responsible adult with kids at all times. If you are a single parent ask a friend, neighbor, babysitter or another adult to help you out. Make it a group function with another single parent.
- If older children are going alone, have a plan available and make sure it is well communicated. Know the route in advance and agree to it if it's acceptable to you as a parent. Agree on a specified time to be home.
- Stay in well lit areas. Go to homes with porch lights that are on and clutter free. Do not approach vehicles.
- Use reflective tape and carry flashlights while trick or treating or where it is dark.
- Have your cell phone on hand.
- Cross the street as a group in crosswalks. Do not zig zag across streets and never go onto the street between parked cars.
The MyBuddyTag System
If you don't want your child on a harness or a leash, try this new product called a MyBuddyTag. It works with your smartphone via an app. This brightly colored wristband can be used for Halloween trick or treating or any event with large crowds such as amusement parks, fairs, the mall, airports and more. MyBuddyTag allows kids the freedom they desire and parents a sense of security.
The wristband comes equipped with Bluetooth technology thats pairs to a downloadable app on iPhone and Android phones (including fourth generation iPAD, iPAD mini, 5th generation iPod Touch) to track your child.
MyBuddyTag’s most important safety features include:
Proximity Alert System- When kids are out of proximity (about 40 feet) an alarm will sound on your phone to alert you.
Panic Button- Located on the wristband, kids can press the button to alert their parents they are in danger.
Email with GPS Location- Allows parents who have kids on field trips or with a babysitter to view when and where they were last tracked by the app.
Kids can show off their new bling to their friends while trick-or-treating safely. MyBuddyTag is available in four different styles and a plethora of colors.These bands retail for just $35 in a variety of styles such as silicone, terry cloth, velcro. Find them online at mybuddytag.com.