When it comes to apps, college students tend to have quite a few. Students use a variety of apps to communicate with friends, stay on task and pass the time. But what about safety? Check out this list of apps that college students should be using to encourage their safety and well-being.
bSafe is an incredible safety resource for virtually anyone. One feature it offers is live map tracking. For example, if you are walking home alone or feel unsafe, you can ask a friend, relative or trusted companion to watch a corresponding map on their phone with your live location. You can also signal to those contacts if you are in danger, and they can then live stream what is happening from your phone. There is also a voice activation feature to this app; if you can’t reach your phone or someone is keeping you from doing so, you can still get help.
One defining characteristic of this app is that it creates instantaneous two-way communication between you and your chosen contacts and/or local authorities in the case of something bad happening to you. Furthermore, you can specify different types of emergencies and what the response should be. For example, if you have a severe allergy, you can come up with your plan should you come into contact with that substance and require immediate medical attention.
For a list of safety apps for college students… this one isn’t actually an app, but it is highly useful and not to be ignored. It’s actually a text service (for those of you who may not have the data to support another app on that already very full iPhone)! According to Tep Wireless, the developers of this service, “Kitestring checks up on you when you’re out and alerts your friends if you don’t respond.” It’s quite simple; Kitestring shoots you a text, and all you have to do is reply to the message to check in.
One Scream is always listening… which is a really good thing in this case. This one-of-a-kind app is voice activated and sends for help to your location if it hears a scream. Don’t worry about it making mistakes, either. The developers of this app say that it will not detect “loud noises and playful screaming,” but only screams that “signify genuine distress.”
Created specifically for college students, this safety app has six customizable alert options that if enabled, notify people of your choosing (and the local police) via text message, email, phone call or even Facebook message. There is also a “watch my back” timer that notifies those same people if you haven’t turned off the timer in an allotted time.
Panic Guard is an app for students that tracks your location and discretely records your attacker, should something happen. Activated through tapping or shaking the phone, it reports your whereabouts to local police and continues tracking your location if you move from where you started out.
Here’s the best part about this list of safety apps for college students: everyone, regardless of walk of life, could use them and benefit from them.
Feel like we missed your favorite safety app? Tell us in the comments below! While you’re at it, read through the Secure360 blog for other safety tips like these.