6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

CNET News Video: Tech Minute: Safe trick-or-treating courtesy of these apps

About Video Transcript

CNET News Video: Tech Minute: Safe trick-or-treating courtesy of these apps

1:00 /

While kids are focused on costumes and candy this Halloween, parents need to keep an eye on safety. In this Tech Minute, CNET's Kara Tsuboi recommends smartphone apps to ensure everyone has a spooky, but safe, night.

Celebrate Halloween with a peace of mind this year, by downloading two free apps. MamaBear is a great app for both iPhone and Android users, and is perfect for keeping track on kids on a dark Halloween night. To get started, have the entire family download the app on to their smartphones. Track your kids' whereabouts on a map, and get alerted when they cross presaid boundaries, like a neighborhood, or school property. The app also allows you to check in on your kids' Facebook accounts, get alerts if they're on a speeding car, or tagged in a photo on Instagram. Next, have confidence that your kids are trick or treating in a safe neighborhood with Sex Offender Search, another free app for both kinds of phones. Using your location, the app will pinpoint all of the registered sex offenders in an area, as well as point out local fire and police stations, and hospitals. Register with the app, and will notify you of any new offenders moving to the neighborhood. Have a happy and safe Halloween. In San Francisco, I'm Kara Tsuboi, CNET.com for CBS news.

New releases

Top 5: Car tech game-changers
3:05 March 2, 2015
Brian Cooley lists the top five ways electronics have made your car better.
Play video
Blackphone+ is an encrypted tablet
1:25 March 2, 2015
We get to grips with Silent Circle's Blackphone+, a tablet built to foil hackers and spies.
Play video
Blackphone security-conscious smartphone gets a sequel
1:17 March 2, 2015
Silent Circle is showing off its 5.5-inch Blackphone 2, which offers encrypted texts and video calls.
Play video
Huawei's MediaPad X2 is a vast phablet
0:54 March 2, 2015
A 7-inch display and octa-core processor lurk in this huge, beautiful tablet. Or is it a phone? It's both!
Play video
Ford has built two electric bikes
1:29 March 2, 2015
Two wheels good? Car-maker Ford is experimenting with electric bicycles you control with your smartphone. Hit play now.
Play video
Honor's cheap, 5.5-inch Android phone
1:44 March 2, 2015
We take a look at the Honor 4X, a 5.5-inch Android phone with an octa-core processor that's set to come with a very affordable price...
Play video
Sol Republic Shadow Wireless: New neckband-style Bluetooth headphone sounds better than the competition
2:11 March 2, 2015
This $99 wireless in-ear headphone conforms to your neck with a bendable collar and offers strong sound for the price.
Play video
Nokia 5G tech can follow your smartphone
1:54 March 2, 2015
We check out Nokia's futuristic system for getting a focused beam of 5G to your smartphone. Hit play now.
Play video