Watch Over Me is a free app that can be loaded onto iOS and Android devices to provide an emergency ‘panic’ button and a personal safety monitor. It is an ideal tool for teenagers, the elderly and where anyone feels a little threatened and would like someone to check on them or be quickly contacted in an emergency.
It can be configured to allow others to; track your location, be contacted immediately if you shake your phone or be sent automated photos or messages. It also allows the user to send an ‘I’m Safe’ message when they reach their destination. As a parent I would’ve taken a great degree of comfort if my teenage daughter had had this available to her when out and about. You can read more at http://www.watchovermeapp.com/ .
To install go to your Apple Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android), search for Watch Over Me, download and install on the device that you want to use. You will be asked to Allow the app to access your location information which obviously is essential.
On the next screen select Sign Up and provide your details (optionally you can login using your Facebook details if you have an account). You will be sent a verification code to the mobile device to complete the installation.
You will now be offered a ‘tour’ of the features which I would suggest that you take. Finally you will be at your account screen where you can set up various items such as ‘safe places’ (e.g.; your home, school or work place), your contacts for use with the app and also the start button for the ‘Watch Over Me’ element.
In the message screen shown I set up the app for me and also made me the emergency contact for demo purposes and you can see the type of message that the app sends. Note that it is the USER that initiates the monitoring not the receiver. To start the monitoring the user clicks Watch Over Me and sets the time period for the app to be in use.
I then shook the phone violently to simulate a call for help and the last text shown includes a link to the location where the phone was detected (it was spot on too). When the alert was sent my phone started to make a loud siren noise and the camera also shot a video stream and saved it on the device (note this would also have been uploaded to the internet if configured to do so).
I think this a superb tool, not only for parents but for anyone who worries about travelling and would like the added confidence of feeling more ‘in touch’. Better still is that the basic version is free to use.
Hope this proves useful