|Safety Tips for GPS Location-Sharing|
Most "smart phones" and even some regular cellphones allow you to run location-sharing software that uses the phone’s GPS capability to let friends and family know your exact location. There are lots of great uses for this technology: It can be an easy way to find your friends and be found by them; it can reduce anxiety for loved ones by keeping them posted on your whereabouts; and there are some fun games and activities that take advantage of it, such as scavenger hunts and services that track how often you visit certain establishments. These services are not for children under 13 and many require users to be 18, so make sure you're permitted to use an app or service, and – parents – we recommend that you ask your kids if they're using these services and how.
Can others disclose your location? There are services that allow others to “check you in” to a location. Check any location or social networking services you use to see if they offer this feature and, if so, learn how they work and the privacy features for them. Think about whether you want to keep others from finding you and never reveal other people’s location without checking with them first.
Updating parents. Location-based services are a great way for teens to let parents know where they are without having to call or text. Check-ins ease worries so they don't have to follow your every move. If you’re heading home late at night, you can also use a service like Glympse to share your location as you drive, so they'll know if you have car trouble or get stuck in traffic. Informed parents are happy parents.
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