A Phone App That Helps Keep Kids Safe!
I worry about my kids constantly…but that’s a mother’s job, right? Maybe they think I’m overprotective (I know they do) but I just want to keep them safe. Is that so wrong? Last week, I dropped my 9-year-old off at one of her activities and began to pull away in the car pool lane. As I watched to make sure she went in the door to her class, I saw her turn back and go out to the playground – where no one was supervising. I drove back, parked and told her to go inside to her class and she rolled her eyes and told me she was waiting for her friend. I had no idea eye rolling started at 9…why didn’t someone warn me! I explained that it wasn’t safe for her to be on the playground alone without a parent or teacher there. I told her that it’s not that I don’t trust her – but there are a lot of bad people in this world who try to hurt or take children and she can never be alone. She really wasn’t listening…she just wanted me to go before her friends got there. Sigh. No matter how often I tell her, and we talk about it a lot, she just doesn’t seem to understand what a dangerous place this world is.
The truth is, every 40 seconds a child is reported missing. That’s more than 2,000 kids a day…frightening isn’t it? Recently, I received an email about a website that could help if the unthinkable does happen. It’s called SecuraChild.com and it combines the power of facebook, twitter, email and text in the event a child goes missing.
On this encrypted and secure website you can create a free, secure account for your child where you can put a picture and information like height, weight, hair color, eye color, other identifying information and medical conditions. If, God forbid, your child goes missing you add updated information like where the child was last seen and what he was wearing. That information is sent out in a blast to social networking sites and through text messages and email. SecuraChild, which is operated by SecuraTrac is a free service that parents can access in an emergency.
Securatrac also has an app that may be helpful when the kids get a little older. It’s called SecuraFone and it transforms a cell phone into a safety device. SecuraFone allows parents and kids to always be connected through the power of GPS technology. The app gives parents location updates and goes one step further by uploading an SOS key onto the phone.
If the child is in trouble or needs help, he simply presses an SOS button or slides a bar to send out an alert, via email or text, to all emergency contacts. I think that’s a great feature!
This next feature may be controversial with teens…but it could also save lives. The SecuraFone App has a distracted driver feature which detects the speed of a car and locks the phone to prevent texting and emailing while driving.
If parents choose they can also receive speed alerts. A message will be sent if the child is driving over a predetermined speed threshold.
Parents have access to all of the phones settings through a password protected web account. SecuraFone is available for iPhone and Android devices for $8.99/month. For more information go to the SecuraFone Website
What do you think? Would you install this on your child’s phone? How do you think he or she would feel about it?
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