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Travel Tip: Child Safety Apps

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Parents, we get it. You’ll do just about anything to protect your kids, especially when you’re on the road together. Tons of security apps are now available to help you do just that.

The obvious choice to track your kids’ location is a GPS device. The Amber Alert device, for example, uses GPS and wireless cell phone technology to keep track of where the kids are and reports a location every five minutes. Of course, the device works best when it’s within range of a strong signal, like in suburban areas. It can be a little tricky in cities.

If you want to take it to the next level then look into SecuraFone for iPhones and Androids. This device not only monitors locations, but also your kids’ driving habits. It senses the vehicle is traveling past a certain speed and locks text messaging and email applications to prevent distracted driving.

Then there’s the less intrusive option of Google Latitude, which lets users share locations through Google maps in real-time.

For about 10 cents a day there’s something called Mobile Minder for Blackberrys and Android, which sends an alert when your child arrives or leaves a location.

Sure, your kids may not love it, but for your peace of mind, we say it’s worth it.

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