You may be (quite naturally) nervous when your child goes out the door into the “real” world every day, but on Halloween, the anxiety seems to (quite naturally) get kicked up a notch. Here, then, are a few gadgets to ease the worry lines between your eyes if you are a parent on Halloween.
#1: Safety Light LED Flashers. (Guardian-Self-Defense.com)
These are wonderful for kids running around at night, not just on Halloween. You can use them for walking, cycling, or jogging; they are super-bright and have different flashing patterns (7 of them), they‘re light-weight, and they come with a bicycle attachment, too. Just wrap them around your kid’s arm or you can attach them with Velcro to their clothes.
They need two AAA (triple A) batteries (which are not included) and they’re only $9.00 each.
#2: Glow sticks, glow necklaces, glow bracelets, 8″ glow bracelets, glow twister necklaces, and glow balls, fuzzy glow sticks, glow leis…you get the idea. From Glowuniverse.com comes everything glow that you could ever want. You want your child to be seen; trust me, he’ll be seen.
Here’s the best part: The glow fingertips start at $.21 a piece (no typo), and it looks like the highest priced item on the website was a LED wand for $7.49. (There may have been something a little higher, but it wouldn’t be much.)
#3: IdentaKey. (Identakey.com)
Now it’s not like anything’s going to happen to the kid, but just in case, better safe than sorry, blah blah blah, this is something that would be priceless if needed, and not just for Halloween; for any time. Identakey is a USB drive that is designed to help you safely store information about your family: Phone numbers, pictures, addresses, medical information…anything that you need to have in case an emergency occurs. It even produces printable reports for you to use when you want to or if you need them for authorities (not that you’ll have to, remember; this is just a “just in case, better safe than sorry” gadget). It does make good sense, though.
The IdentaKey is available at Identakey.com. If you need just one key, it’s $19.99, two to nine keys will run you $14.99, etc. The pricing options are on the site.
#4: Amber Alert GPS. (AmberAlertGPS.com)
This one is really awesome, and definitely not just for Halloween. Every five minutes, the Amber Alert GPS system lets you know (through your smartphone or your computer) where your child is and where they have been throughout the day. The portal lets you set Zones to accommodate your needs, setup multiple users, receive alerts through text or email, among a lot of other things. In addition, there are a myriad of other options, such as Predator Alert, Voice Monitoring, SOS alert, and a Speed alert that tells you if your teenager (or whoever has the car) is driving too fast.
The device is 1.94″ x 1.94″ x 0.94″, and has been designed so that your child can wear it in different ways: You can attach it to her wrist, ankle, arm, belt, belt loop, or backpack, and it can be worn under clothing or as a necklace, as well. There are many other accessories for this device, as well, so if this is something that you are considering, don’t forget to check the accessories out.
The Amber Alert GPS system is available through the AmberAlertGPS website for $199.00. There are two different subscription plans from which to choose; again, just go to the appropiate section of the website to find out more.
Gadgets aside, the best ways to protect your child (and yourself!) on Halloween is to use common sense, heed good advice and suggestions, and give some gentle instructions to the little ones. The FDA has some good advice for Halloween , and the American Academy of Pedriatics put out some good safety Halloween tips (it even has instructions for safe pumpkin carving). In addition, you can check the FBI’s sexual predator registry to see how you can map out the route you and/or your child will be taking. If you have a smartphone, there are apps that can help you, as well; just Google what you need.
There are many resources on the internet to help you remember all of the must-cover things that go along with your child when she does a simple thing like trick-or-treating. It’s too bad that we need to take so many precautions, but they are all worth the effort so that your child can have what he/she deserves: To be a child at Halloween.
Have a safe and Happy Halloween!
Lori Cline, Phoenix Gadgets Examiner
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