Halloween Safety: Tracking Apps, Sex offender registries

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(KTVI) – Halloween is tonight and that means many little ghouls and goblins are excited.  An increasing number of parents say they’ll be using location tracking apps to monitor their kids’ whereabouts this Halloween.

One of the most popular things many parents do is check the sexual offender registry for their state.

Link: Missouri Sex Offender Registry
Link: Illinois Sex Offender Registry

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch suggests checking the Missouri Sex Offender Registry Thursday.

One of the most popular location apps is “Life 360.”  It allows you to set up a private family channel so all family members can see each others’ location at any time, send location check-in requests, view nearby safety threats and send a panic alert if needed.

“Life 360” is free from iPhones and Androids.

Check out these “Best Apps for Paranoid Parents”
1. FBI Child ID — the app lets parents store their children’s photos plus other identification for quick access if a child ever goes missing.

2. iEmergency ICE Family Pro – App lets you store important data on family members.  You can get the lite version for free or the pro version on iPhones and iPads for $2.99

3. Find my Kids – Footprints – This is a real-time GPS that helps track where you child goes with his phone. The app is free but there is a monthly service fee. Available on iPad and iPhone.

4.  Sex Offender Search – You can connect your phone to the National Sex Offender Registry to locate registered sex offenders and predators in the area.  It’s available on iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The cost is $1.99

5. Life 360 – Family locator available on iPhone, iPad and Android