Several Apps and Devices Could Help College Students Stay Safe

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- The tragic end to the Mollie Tibbetts investigation in Iowa has thrust public safety back into the spotlight. As college students head back to class there are several devices that many already own that could help in staying safe.

According to tech export Will Bushee, many already have what they need in the palm of their hands.

“There’s a number of apps that you can download and install and you can let people specifically now you’re going to be gone for a little while and you want them to track you via your GPS,” said Bushee.

One he recommends is called “”React Mobile. “

You can allow people to see your location on a map on their phone.

There’s a button you can use if you feel like you’re in trouble.

“You can quickly slide it down to the S-O-S which will call 9-1-1 or you’ve got a quick access here to send a message to whoever’s following you or a quick phone call or even just a text message,” said Bushee.

“Even Facebook has an option within Facebook Messenger where you can say ‘hey share my location with these people for the next half hour,'” said Bushee.

However, if you don’t want to download a new app, you can use Google Maps. It works similarly where someone else can view your location.  

“Also there’s some of the Fitbit or the Apple Phone and some of the android phones that have built in GPS as wells as cellular and those often will have a panic option,” said Bushee.

Apple Watches have an “SOS” feature. To activate it, just hold the button on the side. The option to call 9-1-1 will show up after you release it.

The start of the school year is a busy time, but it’s important to get to know some of these tools so you’ll be prepared this semester.  

Bushee says you can even just search “safety apps” in the app store to find one that you like.


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