Monday, October 03, 2016
Halloween Safety Smartphone tricks for keeping kids safe with U.S Cellular #spon
Smartphone tricks for keeping kids safe while they are out trekking for treats on Halloween night.
Today’s cutting-edge devices keep people connected and offer a variety of features that promote safety.
A recent survey from U.S. Cellular found 62 percent of parents actually cite safety as a reason for getting their child their first phone.
By combining a selection of built-in features, users’ mobile devices can double as Halloween hubs to help trick-or-treaters stay safe and give parents peace-of-mind.
How to take advantage of built-in functions on smartphones:
Store Recent Shots
Plenty of pictures are taken of kids in their costumes so they can be shared with loved ones and on social media channels, but it’s critical to have current photos stored and readily available should a problem arise.
In addition to having a current photo of each child in regular clothing, before heading out on Halloween night, also take and store individual shots of children in their costumes.
If they are wearing masks or anything else that covers all or a portion of their faces, make sure to get photos of them with and without the masks on.
Parents wanting to keep track of kids headed out without them can do so by using “Find My Friends.”
This app, which comes pre-installed on iPhones and is available for download on Androids through Google Play, can be set up to show the location of devices so a child’s whereabouts can be identified at all times.
Pre-load Pertinent Info
iPhones include a built-in emergency feature located in the lower left hand corner of locked password screens, which allows users to make emergency calls, even when the phone remains locked.
iPhones also give users the opportunity to set up “Medical ID” information allowing friends, first-responders or even concerned bystanders to gain access to potentially life-saving information if needed, right from the emergency screen.
To set up this built-in “Medical ID” feature:
Select the pre-installed Health application
Click on Medical ID in the lower right corner
Make sure the “Show When Locked” option is turned on
Add name, date of birth and information as it relates to medical conditions, allergies and reactions, and medications
Add emergency contacts and personal information that would be useful in case of an emergency.
While this built-in feature isn’t currently available for Androids, there is a helpful alternative. Android users can include their name and emergency contact information on their locked screens by going into their settings, selecting security and then updating owner information.
Set a Series of Reminders
Amid the excitement of trick-or-treating or Halloween parties, it’s easy for kids to lose track of time.
Using the clock feature you can pre-set a series of different alarms on a child’s phone to remind them to periodically check-in and to ensure they don’t cut it too close when it comes to curfew.
Be aware that certain applications can drain batteries quickly.
If users suspect they will be using their phones more than usual, they should consider bringing along a portable charger, like the PureGear® PureJuice Portable Charger.
External batteries are lightweight and easy to plug into multiple devices via USB microcharging cables, allowing users to recharge a phone’s battery in their pocket, purse or bag.
There are also cell phone cases on the market that automatically charge smartphones without any extra cables, like the Mophie Juice Pack.
Navigate through the Night
Strolling streets and walkways in the dark can be dangerous, and since superpowers such as night vision are not included with the purchase of superhero costumes, flashlights are needed.
Fortunately today’s smartphones come with built-in flashlights.