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Top 5 Safety Apps for Parents to Protect their Children in 2015

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My 8-year-old son is at his best friend’s house while I am at work. He is playing video games and is so excited trying to beat his friend that he does not notice when his breathing pattern changes. A few minutes later he collapses, and the nanny calls 911.

Meanwhile, I am sitting at work with no way of knowing what has happened. More than 20 minutes later, I get a call from the hospital. I am glad my son is ok, but I am not…

I cannot stop thinking about what could have happened and why I could not know that my child’s life was in danger. I think to myself, “Technology should be able to help… isn’t there an app for that?”

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Well, there is! In fact, there are plenty of apps out there that will help keep your children safe, but the following are five of my favorites.

The top 5 most valuable safety apps for parents to take care of their children in 2015:

1. ICE Standard

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Puts medical information and emergency contacts on a phone’s lock screen for EMTs to access.

  • Also displays name, address, and photo verification of the individual
  • Color coding reflects medical information in a visual way
  • Works with Smart911 to send medical information to dispatchers

Free and available for iPhone and Android at emergencystandard.org.

2. RapidSOS Haven

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Transmits important information to 911 with the touch of a button and alerts loved ones. 

  • Obtains location from mobile device
  • Sends key information to 911 through any media (WiFi, Bluetooth, SMS, etc.)
  • Alerts emergency contacts of the situation
  • Eliminates need to talk to a dispatcher to get help

Free to download with multiple subscription plans options and free introductory periods. Available for iPhone and Android at https://rapidsos.wpengine.com/accounts/register/.

3. Footprints

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Knows where your children are at all times.

  • Locates your childrens’ phones
  • Has your childrens’ friends confirm the location of your children
  • Establishes geofences and sends notifications when these are crossed

Free to download with monthly subscription fee. Available for iPhone and iPad at www.footprints.net.

4. Canary

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Motivates family members to drive safely.

  • Knows when teenager is texting or tweeting while driving
  • Sends alert when a call is made or answered behind the wheel
  • Incorporates maximum speed limits and alerts when surpassed
  • Notifies if teen is outside established zones

Free and available for iPhone and Android at www.thecanaryproject.com.

5. Mobile Guardian

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Makes sure your child is using technology correctly.

  • Monitors use of apps
  • Prevents web access of inappropriate content
  • Establishes time periods for cell phone usage

Free with upgrade features. Available for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry at www.mobileguardian.com.