So called "Sex Offender Apps" are the latest technological tool parents are flocking to in the hopes of keeping their kids safe from perverts. Especially during Halloween season. But do they work?
According to KEPRTV in Washington state, it's a mixed bag of treats, and parents may not be getting what they paid for with the ever-growing crop of sex offender apps. The result? A false sense of security which could lead to disaster.
What's the biggest problem? A lack of vigilant updating on the part of the app provider. It seems there is no real obligation to stay on top of a sex offender database once a subscriber has paid for the app.
It's like not having cell phone service in parts of your home network area. Yet the bill still comes in at the end of the month.
So what can be done? According to the report, it's best to go to the local law enforcement sex offender website and check the listings there. They are mandated by law to be updated regularly and often are instantly. And... it's free.
But nothing can compare to keeping an eye on the kids as they make their way around the neighborhood. Watching the children vigilantly instead of being distracted by a phone app is the best defense against sexual predators who may live right next door.
Have a Happy (and safe) Halloween!
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