Mobile technology has undoubtedly had an effect on learning in the classroom. Smartphones have now become learning tools in many K-12 classrooms, where students can use their own personal devices to access online learning programs, wirelessly present projects and collaborate with fellow classmates. With the development of numerous safety apps, now students can use their smartphones to help protect themselves and their entire school from harm, too.
Concerns over school security have certainly increased in the recent years. Mass shootings have motivated many schools take a look at their security plans and systems to look for any flaws or areas in need of improvement in order to ensure they are adequately protecting students from harm.
While high-tech security technologies are a great help to identifying unwanted visitors and preventing intruders from entering school buildings, placing simple technology such as safety apps into the hands of students is a security option schools shouldn’t forget about.
Many safety apps are easy to download and extremely comprehensive, however it’s important schools take the time to not only share with students the benefits of downloading safety apps to personal smartphones, but also how to properly use the app in the event of an emergency.
Placing safety tools in the hands of students is extremely empowering, but an important responsibility as well. Once you learn about these 5 new safety apps, consider holding informational meetings and trainings to inform students and staff about the apps, how they can increase safety, and how to responsibly use the app in the event of an emergency.