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Circle of 6 App Helps Keep Students Safe
By: Jessica Cherok
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Violence and sexual assaults on college campuses are things that have received a lot of national attention as of late. Parents want to know that their children are safe, and students need systems of security in place in case an incident occurs.

Circle of 6 is a mobile app that will “connect [the student] with your circle of friends to stay close, stay safe and prevent violence before it happens.”

The app was designed for college students, but would really benefit anyone going out alone or in an unfamiliar place. The app allows simple access to contacting friends, making it easy to look out for each other. If a student finds themselves in a situation where they need a ride home, or a call to interrupt the situation, the app gives two-button access to assistance.

Circle of 6 includes contact information for six friends, emergency services, or law enforcement. It also has GPS capabilities and automatically sends location information via text to the selected contact. For example, if you need a ride but don’t know where you are, the text alert sent to your friend will include location information.

The app, which is available for iPhone and Android, has won several awards, including the White House/HHS Apps Against Violence, and the Institute of Medicine/Avon Foundation for Women End Violence @ Home Challenge.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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