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Safe & Secure: Apps allow parents to track kids and their driving habits

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As kids head back to school, some will be driving to and from campus, work and sports practices and just hanging out with friends more.

Parents, if you're worried about keeping track of them there are apps for that.

"Just gives me some piece of mind knowing where they are," Erin Anslem of Arroyo Grande is talking about using the app "Find My iPhone" to find her girls when they are out and about. "It just makes it easy at any time I can see where they're going, where they are."

As many parents can relate, her daughters, ages 13, 15 and 20, don't always answer their phones. This app allows her to zero in on their location at any given time.
"I see it as protection too if something were to happen to one of my kids how fast I would be able to track and see where they are," Erin said.

"Find My iPhone" tracks locations, while the Life 360 app takes it a step further by also sending alerts when a driver arrives to their destination, like school or work and tracks their driving habits.

"We use all sensors on the phone like the gyroscope and the accelerometer to detect rapid acceleration, hard braking, excessive speeding, and phone use," Co-Founder and President of Life 360, Alex Haro, said adding that the weekly driving report card helps parents ensure their teen drivers are being safe.

"Distracted driving especially with new teens now trying to get back and forth from school is a big problem and we're hoping we can be a solution to help families stay safe on the road," Haro said.

The Life 360 app is 100 percent opt in and the data is not shared. The "Find My iPhone" app comes already downloaded on iPhones and connects users through their iTunes and iCloud accounts. The location sharing feature can be disabled on both apps at any time.

So how do the teen girls feel about the watchful app?

"They've been a little annoyed, they'll roll their eyes," their mom, Erin, said, but for parents these free apps could provide priceless information.

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