GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Technology can keep us connected and make things easier, but it can also help keep us and our families safe.
Technology Safety Tips
- Pre-program In Case of Emergency (ICE) numbers into your child’s speed dial on their cell phone. That can include numbers for parents, neighbors, and the police station. Make sure your child knows how to use his or her device in case of an emergency, such as dialing 911 and providing their location and landmarks to the 911 operator.
- Make sure your child’s cell phone is fully charged before they leave the house.
- Use the alarm clock on your child’s device to give them periodic reminders to text or call home along their route or to remind them when it’s time to head home. Make sure the volume on the device is at its highest so the child can hear it in a crowd.
- The FiLIP smartwatch allows parents to program up to five numbers and only those five trusted people can call your child. This prohibits strangers and others from being able to reach your child. The GPS locator allows you to know where your child is at all times, giving parents and guardians peace of mind.
- Car Connection 2.0 prohibits teen drivers from texting while behind the wheel and also lets parents know if they are speeding.
- Smart Limits allows you to keep tabs on your child’s phone use. You can set limits on the amount of data they use, set limits calls and texts and limit student purchases.
- The RedPanic Button app allows users the option to press the Red Panic Button to automatically send out a text message with their exact coordinates on Google Maps to family members. Panic can also be shared on Facebook or Twitter.
- The free FBI Child ID app lets parents store their children’s photos plus other identification (height, weight, hair and eye color, age) for quick access if a child ever goes missing. The information is stored on wireless device only until parents need to send it to authorities. Notable features include safety tips, checklists for what to do if something happens to your child, and shortcuts to dial 911 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Parents also have the ability to email information immediately to law enforcement agencies if the unthinkable occurs.