In a dangerous situation? There’s an app for that
A group of four co-creators developed a new iPhone app, Circle of 6, to help make it easier for college students stuck in those uncomfortable or dangerous situations to get in contact with a select group of trustworthy friends.
Circle of 6 lets your friends know where you are and what you need, just in case your thumbs can’t be quick enough to convey the message through texting.
The app appeals to the college crowd because it’s closely connected to college experiences, like meeting someone at a bar and going home with them, which can lead to assault, Nancy Schwartzman, one of the co-creators, said. Here are the specifics.
Once you download the app, you add five contacts from your address book, creating the circle of six supporters. There are three situations in which texts are sent to your circle, as fleshed out on the application’s website.
1. Car icon: Come and get me.
What the text says: “Come and get me. I need help getting home safely. My GPS coordinates are …”
2. Phone icon: Call me.
What the text says: “Call and pretend you need me. I need an interruption.”
3. Chat icon: I need some advice.
What the text says: “I’m looking for information, just letting you know.”
In the event your circle is all at the same bar you left and they don’t hear their phone, there’s one feature that triggers the phone to automatically call the hotlines for Love is Respect and RAINN, both anti-sexual assault organizations, according to appsagainstabuse.challenge.gov. The app will soon be available on BlackBerry and Android.