Traveling to a new school can be stressful. And getting to know where is safe and what areas to avoid is difficult. That’s where smartphone student safety apps can help.
If you are in college or high school, safety apps are an invaluable tool for sharing your location with friends and family members, or sounding an alarm if situations take a turn for the worse. These apps can make it easy for you to call 911 or check in with friends. There are many options on the market, but two of the most popular are MyWitness and iWitness.
MyWitness works with three different levels of security. When activated, it allows your phone to capture audio, video, and your GPS location. It can automatically send the relevant data to a cloud host for easily access later. While this is going on, MyWitness also contacts what the app’s website refers to as your “Personal Response Team,” a group of your contacts, chosen by you, that the app will alert if you run into danger.
Once your contacts have received your security message, they can watch your live video, hear what is going on, and see your GPS location. Your contacts can then call emergency services to get you the help you need. MyWitness is free in the Google Play store.
iWitness (iOS and Android)
Another student safety app option is iWitness. Like MyWitness, iWitness is capable of recording video and sound, tracking your location with GPS, and notifying emergency contacts of your predicament. In addition, iWitness makes it easy for you to call 911 with the tap of a single button, and it can make your phone flash and sound an alarm. iWitness is available for a monthly fee of $2.99, as a yearly subscription of $29.99, or a two-year subscription for $49.99.
Using a smartphone app to track your location and help protect you in a time of crisis can be extremely useful. However, even with such programs, it’s always important to let others know where you will be, especially if you are traveling somewhere unfamiliar or meeting up with new people. Be sure to take multiple steps in your safety plan, and allow your smartphone to be one part of the whole.
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