SafeTrek App Helps Parents Keep Their Children Safe from Harm

By Zach Winkler, CEO and Founder, SafeTrek, Parent Herald July 28, 09:08 pm

As children enter their teenage years, they naturally become more independent and time away from their family increases. While teenagers view this time as an exciting chance to spread their wings, it can be a very stressful and worrisome time for parents who want to make sure their children are as safe as possible and protected from dangerous situations.  

Unfortunately, teenagers today can face unsafe situations at and away from school. One out of every four students (22 percent) ages 12-18 reported being bullied at school during the school year, according to a 2015 report from National Center for Educational Statistics, with 6 percent of victims reporting that they were pushed, shoved, tripped, or spit on and roughly 21 percent reporting injury as a result of the incident.

Enter SafeTrek

SafeTrek is an easy-to-use mobile app designed to keep families safe. If teenagers are feeling unsafe, they can simply launch the app and hold their thumb down on the blue button. When they are safe, they can release their thumb and type in a 4-digit PIN number. If the situation turns into an emergency and they need help, all they have to do is simply release their thumb and not type in a PIN. Local police will immediately be notified of your child's location, name and emergency and help will be on the way.

SafeTrek will not only locate children instantly with an average accuracy of about 5 meters, but also track their location during an emergency, enabling users to receive help even if they cannot speak, do not know where they are at, or are on the move. The app also provides users with the ability to text with any 911 center in the United States and can notify additional emergency resources, such as a firetruck or ambulance.

Unlike other apps which can contact friends or social network contacts in the event of an emergency, with SafeTrek, all emergency signals are immediately sent to SafeTrek's privately-owned and operated, Central Alarm Association Five Diamond-certified call centers. These centers, which only handle SafeTrek emergencies, are licensed to provide ProQA and are available 24/7/365. The call centers have direct, instant access to all 5,899 U.S. Public-safety Answering Points (PSAPs) and 911 centers across the U.S. plus EMTs on staff to help in real-time with medical emergencies. The friendly, non-judgmental call center staff is also available to help for non-critical emergencies and will never charge a SafeTrek user for a false alarm.

New Profile Updates

SafeTrek recently announced new updates to its app profile which make it more in-depth so it is easier for police and emergency response crews to identify and help your child if he or she is in danger. The new profile additions include:

● Date of birth

● Physical attributes such as hair/eye color and height

● An open field for users to share any additional information emergency response may need to know, such as pre-existing medical conditions

Additionally, SafeTrek is allowing its users to add an emergency contact, which is a great way for parents to stay connected with their children. In the event of an emergency, after police have been dispatched, the emergency contact will be notified immediately and the police will provide an update on the situation. This means parents who are listed as an emergency contact can get quickly up to speed if an emergency arises.

During an emergency, getting help quickly is crucial. Using SafeTrek is as easy as pushing a button; holding it will provide your child with a "personal bodyguard" in a potentially dangerous situation and releasing it will immediately get them help. Whether it's an emergency or a potentially unsafe situation, SafeTrek is on a mission to keep your children safe at all times and to keep parents in the know if an emergency does occur.

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