This story hits close to home for me. Not only did this happen in the city I live in, but how awful for them and their families that these girls were taken and held against their own will. It makes me sick to think about it! It also makes me a little scared as well.
I wanted to share a couple of apps and helpful tips to keep all you Mama's safe:
Attack Alarm SMS. This app seems very helpful. Here's the lowdown on it:
Not only is it a big red button that you can tap on and a loud alarm goes off scaring potential attackers, but there's more. You can also pick any number of people in your contact list to have a personalized message sent straight to their phone (my message reads: Help! I'm being attacked!). I picked three people to send this to in case the unthinkable happens. Not only that, but it will also allow for GPS tracking to go to their phones so that they will know your whereabouts. How cool is that?
Walk Me Home. Again, very cool and you don't just need an iPhone for this one. This allows you to notify people of your choosing when you will be "walking home" alone (or feel worried for any reason). It tells them your where you are and it notifies them when you reach your destination. If at any point during your 'walk' you feel threatened at the touch of a button they will be notified. It seems well worth it.
These are just the apps I have, but this website gives a list of the top 5 apps every woman should have- a must read!
Also, for all of you who have kiddos with phones, please check out this website about keeping the family safe. It seems very helpful, there is also an app that helps tackle tough questions like what your kiddo should do if someone offers them a ride, etc.
Of course, I recommend mace to just about everyone. It's very powerful and it'll fit right on your key chain. Self defense classes are also something every woman should look into. The R.A.D. website will help you find some in your area.
Another thing that every Mama should do is talk to your kiddos about strangers. What they are, what they aren't and what they can do in case the unthinkable arises. Preschool age is a great time to start. There are a lot of resources to guide you in what to say and how to say it. Educate yourself!
I liked these ones:
National Crime Prevention Council
Share your tips and encourage one another in the comments below. Knowledge is power!
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