Do you feel the danger on the date? These applications can help you stay safe.
Suppose you’re on a Tinder date and things get weird.
“You’re thinking, I need to go out and I don’t feel safe anymore,” said Celine Guedj, a senior student at the university of New Hampshire in durham. She played a new app called uSafeUS.
“That’s when you open the app,” Guedj explains. A feature called “quit time” is designed to get you out quickly. “You get a fake phone call” or text, Guedj says. It sounds like your mom or your roommate interrupts you with an urgent request.
There are several pre-programmed “interrupt messages”, such as “hey, I’m locked, you can let me in.”
“It seems to be true,” gudi said.
Another feature called “expect me” will remind friends when they don’t expect it. And there are called a “Drink” Angel (Angel ultimately responds) method, can quickly tell the bartender or waiter, you need to help to get rid of the trouble, or let yourself with a person who let you feel uncomfortable.
So why is that? Why can’t you get rid of or get out of trouble in the first instinct of a potential trouble or bad atmosphere?
At the university of New Hampshire, a sociology professor at Sharyn Potter guide research violence Sharyn Potter said: “students repeatedly tell us that they really need a prudent way to get rid of the trouble, or to help a friend. Prevention. She helped develop an app for students, designers and retired state police officers.
Students often don’t want to do a scene, or they may be afraid, says porter. “They’re not ready… Call someone directly and they want to do it skillfully.
The uSafeUS application is free and everyone can download it. However, only colleges and organizations with licensed applications can customize the content and connect users to local resources and support, such as consulting and local law enforcement. Customized applications can be used by students, faculty, parents/guardians, community members and university alumni. In addition, the application contains step-by-step information and guidance on how to handle sexual abuse.
The app was tested on campus in New Hampshire last year and launched nationwide this fall. Starting in January, the team behind the uSafeUS app will contact campus leaders and high schools across the country to spread information about the platform. The work is funded by the national science foundation.
But advocates say even the best apps can’t replace human interaction.
“In theory, such an application sounds good,” said Sabrina Sugano, co-chair of the education program, a student and fellow at Cornell University. She has never used a secure application like this, but says she can see how useful they are.
“We attach great importance to the intervention of the bystander,” Sugano said. “We talked a lot about how (students) can intervene, for example, in a party situation” to help someone who looks uncomfortable. If the application can help the bystander method, Sugano says this may be beneficial.
But she hesitated. A secure application is just a tool.
“We should not rely entirely on them, because we should be able to help our peers as a community.” Sugano said. She said, interaction between people is very important, especially for some party drinking on campus and become powerless, if they are in a unsafe situation, may not have a clear thinking or the ability to start the application.
This is not the first tool to create tools to help people protect themselves from sexual assault or attack. Existing security applications such as bSafe and Circleof6 have won second place in the workplace, community and military bases.
Circleof6 won the Obama administration’s “anti-abuse” technology challenge in 2011, originally designed for college students. It now sells “everyone” as a security application.
“Circleof6’s design really reflects what friends, especially women, have been doing for each other,” said Nancy Schwartzman, chief executive of Tech 4 Good, LLC, which is behind the app. Schwartzman said, “where are you going, and I’ll get in touch with you later, if you need me, call me,” we told our friends, we just took it to the mobile environment.
Users can choose six friends to join their circle. Functions include getting me, sending text to your exact location and using GPS coordinates in a circle of friends. Another option is to send a text to your circle. “Call and pretend you need me. I need to interrupt.” The app also connects users to the national hotline and has useful links to sexual information, relationships and security.
Mr. Schwarzman acknowledged that sexual assault was a complex issue. “The application cannot solve this problem,” she said. But she hopes the technology will help.