Circle of 6January 30, 2013
Have you ever needed help getting home at night? Or needed an interruption during an uncomfortable situation? Now, there is an app that can help you during these potentially dangerous circumstances. Circle of 6 is a free app that can connect you with your friends to stay safe and prevent violence before it happens. It makes it quick and easy to reach the 6 friends you choose. There are four icons that represent actions, so no one can tell what you’re up to. The car icon sends a message to your circle of friends that says, “Come get me. I need help getting home safely.” A map using GPS is also sent to show your circle exactly where you are. The phone icon sends a message saying, “Call and pretend you need me. I need an interruption.” This is a great excuse to leave an uncomfortable situation. The chat icon is for when you need some advice. A message is sent that reads, “I’m looking up info about healthy relationships and respect. Just letting you know.” There will also be links to loveisrespect.org and whereisyourline.org. This keeps your circle aware of what’s on your mind without asking for immediate action. The last icon is an exclamation point that can be used when you are in a critical situation. This has pre-programmed national hotlines and a local emergency number that you can customize. Overall, this app allows you to let your circle of friends know where you are and how they can help with just two touches on you iPhone. All college students should download this app because you never know when you might need immediate help from your friends. Check it out at http://www.circleof6app.com/ !
Tess Coyman – Health and Wellness Intern