That oh so scary time of year is here again with Halloween right around the corner! Costumes, haunted houses, parades, tricks and treats, course, parties are awaiting us and our loved ones. Let’s face it. Of all the age groups, teenagers probably love Halloween more than most. They especially love spending Halloween night out and about the town with their friends and peers – leaving parents worried about what dangers they may face on the most frightful night of the year. So parents, how do you better ensure your teens Halloween safety when you’re not around?
Fortunately for you, parents, there are discussions you can have with your teen and technologies you can invest in for your teen that can help keep them safety, track their whereabouts, and give you greater peace of mind throughout the night. Here are just a few tips to help ensure a fun and safe Halloween night:
Set a curfew – Give your teens a curfew and call-in times when they need to check in with you and give you an update. Making your teen accountable for where they are and what they are doing. Oh and be sure they carry a fully-charged smartphone!
Get friends contact information – Be sure to ask your teen who they are going out with – and get first and last name, phone number and parent’s phone number in case curfew rules are broken. Halloween can be chaotic holiday – so arm yourself with as much information as possible to protect your teen.
Establish boundaries – Set limits (city or town limits, zip codes, county lines, etc) to where your teens can and cannot go. Some neighborhoods may have high crime and/or trafficking rates, and should be avoided especially on a holiday like Halloween night.
Download personal security app – To ensure they abide by curfews and boundaries without being a nag, we recommend to parents to download a personal security app to their teen’s smartphone. With a SmartTek app such as that offered though LifeFone Family Guard™ , once downloaded to your phone and your teen’s phone, you are not only able track your teen’s location right from your cell phone, but also have added security knowing that a 24-7 professionally monitored call center is ready to assist you or your teen in case of an emergency or cause for concern.
LifeFone’s Family Guard™ not only allows you to monitor real-time locations of family members, but also comes equipped with a personal panic button. With one press of the button, your teen is connected to the LifeFone call center which staffed 24/7 by professional monitoring personnel, who are able to quickly pinpoint their location and respond accordingly – often more quickly and accurately than calling 9-1-1.
Wishing you and your teens a safe and happy Halloween!