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

Apple's official "Spring Forward" event happens March 9th.
5:48 February 26, 2015
Look for the Apple Watch and more to be featured at Apple's latest event. Emoji's finally bring racial diversity and will the Apple...
Play video
Zyro, a drone you can play tennis with, Ep. 193
4:49 February 26, 2015
This week on Crave we explore the short history of Nintendo Toasters or Nintoasters, discover a mumified munk inside an ancient statue,...
Play video
Net neutrality battle gears up for Round 2
4:26 February 26, 2015
The Federal Communications Commission has voted in favor of enforcing Net neutrality rules to regulate Internet providers. But the...
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 136: Bionic reconstruction, a real armored Batsuit and more
26:40 February 26, 2015
On today's show, we talk about three Austrian men who volunteered to have their hands amputated for science, a Philadelphia student's...
Play video
Apple's event could be time for more than a Watch
3:00 February 26, 2015
The "Spring Forward" March 9 Apple event could hold some surprises in store, the FCC votes in favor of Net neutrality rules, and ToeJam...
Play video
What's new on Netflix and Amazon for March 2015
1:51 February 26, 2015
March was made for marathoning. Find out what's going online and offline right here.
Play video
Prevent your Mac password from being bypassed
1:57 February 26, 2015
CNET's Dan Graziano shows you how to keep your iMac or MacBook secure from thieves.
Play video
Easily bypass and reset the password on any Mac
1:09 February 26, 2015
Forgot your computer password? CNET's Dan Graziano shows you how to easily reset it.
Play video