Buddy Alert App Aims to Keep College Students Safe
As millions of high school students prepare to leave home for college, concerns about safety become even more prevalent for parents. Many college campuses are removing blue-light safety systems, and a new smartphone app aims to be the replacement .
“In an emergency situation, the sooner someone knows about a potential problem, the more likely there will be a positive outcome. Buddy Alert automates the process so someone will be notified even if they can’t get to their phone.”, states Aubrey Perry, creator of Buddy Alert.
Here’s how it works.
The user starts a Buddy Alert to notify someone (a buddy) of their plans and what time they should be finished. If they have not turned off the alert by the finish time, Buddy Alert will automatically send a text message to their buddy to call them and make sure they are OK. It also sends the GPS location of the phone so that if there is no answer, the buddy has a location to start searching or send help. The app will continue to send location information every 15 minutes, which could be extremely useful in missing person situations.
“As students start to meet new people and explore new areas, they also start to think about taking more responsibility for their own safety.”, says Perry.
This app can show students that a smartphone is used for more than entertainment and at $1.99, it could be the most valuable and least expensive item on their college shopping list.
Although it’s great for college students, anyone who travels frequently, exercises alone, or regularly meets with unfamiliar people are candidates to use the app. Buddy Alert is currently available on Google Play for android smartphones. An iPhone version is being planned.
Visit http://buddyalert.net for details.