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App Lets You "bSafe" With Abductors Around
DAYTON -- Amy Frederick knows she's going to need more than a superhero to keep her kids safe.
"I think there is a balance of not making children feel scared but also making sure that you educate them," she said. "It's sad. I think about when I was younger, when I walked around by myself, it wasn't a big deal and now every week you hear a story about a child and something happening."
This week parents around the state and country were shocked to learn Amanda Berry, Michele Knight, and Gina DeJesus escaped a decade-long captivity in Cleveland, surviving the alleged kidnap and repeated rape by Ariel Castro.
And Thursday in Northwest Ohio, police recovered the body of two missing juveniles.
"It's just scary," said Nancy Tilk of Dayton. "A lot of time parents have to watch the kids better and set boundaries. You constantly have to be watching them at all times, don't give them as much freedom as parents do."
One of the ways to watch your kids is through the b-Safe app. You can download it on your kid's Android, iPhone or Blackberry. Then any time they feel they are in danger all they have to do is push this big red button. Within seconds that phone will alarm a network of guardians that you have put in place. It will include a link to your live GPS location and a video recorded from your phone.
You can also use the "Follow Me" feature, which will allow selected friends and family members to walk with you by GPS when you are walking alone.
Another feature allows you to get out of an uncomfortable situation with a Fake Call.
"It'll make you feel more secure and sometimes you get nervous trying to even dial 911 it might be easier to access," said Tilk.
"I think why not," said Frederick. "Anything to be too safe so why not use it."
More tips when you or your kid is walking alone:
1. Keep your keys ready
2. Walk with confidence
3. Avoid hiding spots
4. Choose your footwear wisely
5. Travel light
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