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WAKE UP NORTHWEST - Halloween is right around the corner and chances are your kids are excited. As parents though, you might be wondering how to keep up with them during the night. We caught up with U.S. Cellular in Yakima, to go over basic smartphone features and apps you can download to ease the stress. 

"Technology really provides an opportunity for parents to stay connected," said Dane Yancey, Field Marketing Manager, 

An opportunity that comes with many advantages and plenty of apps to increase safety. Like the "Family Locator" to see kids locations in real time and get notifications when they get to their destination. And the "Red Panic Button" to alert your local contacts if your child is missing. 

But with great advantages comes great responsibility. 

"If they (parents) don't understand it, kids can really get away with a lot and we don't want that to happen," said Yancey.

According to a recent U.S. Cellular Survey, 47% of parents have children with smartphones and the average age of those children is 12 years old. In the case of Noe Guizar, he was 7 when he got his hands on his first phone. 

"Sometimes I get a little upset because he spends a lot of time on the phone," said Paloma Perez, Noe's mom. 

But Perez says knowing that she can reach her child at any time is worth it. 

"As a mom, I have to call him all the time. It makes it more peaceful for me, knowing that he has a phone," said Perez. 

Other basic tools kids and parents can use on Halloween night include the flashlight function and alarm reminders for kids to check in with their parents throughout the night. 

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