A recent spate of violent, gender-based crime and kidnappings have South Africans fuming and concerned for the safety of their loved ones.
Thankfully, technology can play its part in helping to protect the most vulnerable among us. Here are five apps to help you ensure that your children are safe.
1. Life360 Family Locator
One app that has seen spikes in downloads over the past few days is the Life360 Family locator app. As its name states, this app helps you to keep track of where your children are. The Life360 Family Locator used location-based GPS tracking to monitor the exact whereabouts of your loved ones in real-time, and also delivers alerts when certain locations (for example, the school, or a friend’s house) are reached. In-app chat features are also available, together with crash detection, which immediately notifies an ambulance to a specific location in case of an accident. Free and subscription packages are available to iOS and Android users.
2. Watch Over Me
Another location-based app, available to Android users, allows parents to track a child’s GPS location, as well as notifying users when they enter an area with a high crime rate. Another useful feature of Watch Over Me is a functionality which lets users shake the phone to trigger an emergency alert, which then also automatically turns on the phone’s camera and starts recording.
3. Kaspersky SafeKids
Unfortunately, predators don’t only lurk in the streets. Kaspersky SafeKids lets parents control exactly what websites their children can browse, and how long they are allowed to browse for. The app also lets parents schedule screen time and gain access to summaries of what children search, look at and share online. Parents receive a pin to stop unauthorised access to the app and can control what their children can use their phones for from a dedicated dashboard on their own devices. The app is available to Android and iOS users.
4. Safety for Kids
Educating children about safety is key to laying a strong foundation of vigilance. This games app is made up of 12 chapters, in which different activities teach kids about what they should do in emergencies. It is available for Android and iOS devices.
5. Bull Horns
Available for Apple devices, Bull Horns is a panic button on your child’s smartphone. Should they find themselves in a dangerous situation, the app can automatically dial the police or a security company, as well as notifying five private contacts.