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Tech Talk-Halloween Safety Apps

These apps are a treat
        The excitement of the costume.  The bagfuls of candy.  The spooky decorations from house-to-house.  Halloween is a big night out for children, but can be a big worry for parents.  A number of free apps helps to make the evening a safe one.
        GPS-based apps
Life 360 keeps tabs on the whole family if the children go separate ways around the neighborhood.  The app for Apple and Android allows families to share their real-time location information.  It can send messages, like when its time to come home.
        The free
FBI Child I-D app allows parents to create digital profiles for children.  Information like height, weight and photos are on hand to be given to police if a child goes missing.  It's available for iPhone and Android.
        Another Halloween tradition -- pumpkin carving -- can also be risky.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission says sharp tools should be left to grownups.  Instead of an open flame to light up that face, try a battery operated candle or flashlight.
        Some little ones aren't quite ready for the real jack-o-lantern experience.  Parents can try safe Halloween fun at home with an app like the
Pumpkin Masters Official Carving app for iPad.  It lets users share their creations digitally minus knives, candles and mess.

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