There’s an app for everything nowadays, and this can make student life easier, cheaper and above all else, safer. Personal safety can sometimes take a backseat when you’re a student, but as we’ve emphasised, University campuses and the surrounding areas are not immune to crime and safety issues. Adding a few mobile safety applications to your phone or device will give you an extra layer of protection.
Twitter has an emergency alert system, allowing organisations such as the police to send messages during emergencies to users who opt-in. When an alert is issued a user will receive a push notification, a text message and/or a message on their timeline with a special bell icon depending on user settings.
If you know the emergency phone number, and you have a good idea where you are when an emergency occurs, you should call it directly. If, however, you are travelling through foreign countries, or if you are in an unfamiliar area / place when an emergency occurs, it can be useful to have an app on your smartphone to help locate you for emergency services.Echo112is an app that geolocates you, finds the emergency number for the country you are in, and uses the phone’s GPS to locate you on a map which emergency operators can access online. The app makers claim that it works worldwide, but it is based primarily in Switzerland. It relies on the phone’s GPS and requires the phone operators to access a specified website.
Several websites and media outlets have published lists of apps that can help you protect yourself, be safe, or save lives. On our page, we tried to only include free apps. The lists below include paid-for apps. Many of the apps will be US-centric, so it’s always worth looking into each app in detail before downloading it.6 Safety Apps Every Student Should Download – Mashable, September 2012