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Way back in the stone-age, aka 1990, I graduated from high school and started college to pursue a degree in Architecture that fall. It was a super exciting time but also incredibly scary as well. A university with tens of thousands of students is a long way from a moderate-sized suburban high school. Not to mention the idea of spending every day practically smack-dab in the middle of Downtown Chicago and the challenges and new experiences that come with navigating a large city.
As an 18-year-old, I was invincible. While I feared the unknown with that sort of nervous anticipation that comes with a welcome new chapter in life, I wasn’t afraid in the classical sense of the word. But I bet my parents were. Sending their daughter off to an urban college campus had to pose some concern for my safety that probably caused some sleepless nights. And in the early 1990’s the only form of “mobile communication” was called a pay phone and it wasn’t exactly mobile nor a reliable way to check in on me while I was on campus.
Despite all of these challenges, I survived college unscathed. It was a positive experience all around, and my parents did have nothing to fear. But I’m sure it would have been much less worrisome for them if they knew that I had some way to reach out had I been in a situation that wasn’t so safe.
Technology today has made it so much easier for us to stay in touch with our kids, even in emergencies. They allow us to text, chat, email, etc. to keep in contact. But even a cell phone isn’t always easy to access in case of emergency. You have to fumble to pull it out, rush to unlock the screen and even if you manage to do that, you then have to pull up the right contact or dial a phone number. And in some situations, you might not want your cell phone visible.
Thankfully a device called Wearsafe makes it easy for parents to have peace of mind when they send their kids off to college.
Wearsafe is a discrete device (it’s rugged and water resistant too) a little bit larger than your average flash drive. It comes with a key chain attachment or a belt clip attachment and communicates with the Wearsafe app that is available on iOS and Android.
Check out my unboxing of the Wearsafe device and ultra-clever packaging:
Wearsafe works by pairing with the app on their smartphone. You then create a “network” and invite people from your phone contacts to join the network (people your child would want to be contacted should they find themselves in an emergency situation). You can create multiple networks with different contacts in each one for different circumstances. An email is sent to each contact, and they will then accept the invitation and download the app so they will then receive alerts when the Wearsafe Tag is pressed.
It’s extremely easy to pair the Tag with your phone; it takes just a few seconds. Once the contacts are confirmed in the network, and the activator settings applied, the device is ready to help keep your children safe. With just the touch of a button, the Wearsafe will send live audio and GPS location to the contacts in the currently active network. The Tag vibrates to let them know that their alert has been seen so they know that help will be on its way. Once the alert is received, their contacts can coordinate a response or call 911 with details and the GPS location.
The Wearsafe Tag is FREE and comes with a 30-day free trial. After that, the service is only $5 a month. Pretty affordable for peace of mind!
My son is already pretty responsible, and I know that when he goes off to college that he will do his best to avoid dangerous situations. But some things are outside his control. It’s hard enough having him be away from home, knowing he will have a Wearsafe Tag to help protect him is just one less thing I need to worry about when it comes to his safety.