One of my biggest fears as a mom of an autistic child is wandering. Wandering off, getting hurt, lost or worse is at the forefront of most parents of kids with special needs. Even though my child is only 3 and a half, he is already showing signs of wandering and not noticing his surroundings. There are many different ways you can help combat this with various devices and I’ve just learned about a new one I wanted to share with you.
The iPhone/Android/Blackberry app bSafe by Bipper USA is an app that can call or text people you have designated as guardians, your exact GPS location in the event of an emergency. All you have to do is go to the app and push the big red button in the middle of the screen. You can leave the alarm signal on and it will track your movements. Once the threat has cleared, you can turn the alarm off as well.
I see this as being a great tool for autistic families, especially those with a smart phone for their children. If the child wanders off and gets scared, all they have to do is push a button and the family will be notified where they are. Now I know there are a lot of factors that would feed into this not working for autism, like if the child doesn’t know they are lost or doesn’t think they are in danger, but I feel this could work for many children, not just with autism. It would also work for adults, if you get in an accident, if anything fishy were going on, or heaven forbid something happens like a carjacking or kidnapping.
I’m a Nervous Nelly and err on the side of “OMG THE WORLD IS ENDING!” vs. my husband who thinks a bit more rationally. I love having this “panic” button of sorts, but I’m sure he’s not liking how I activated the alarm to text him when we were out of TP upstairs. I’m sure this app is designed for more true emergencies, but hey, it got him upstairs with a fresh roll!
So how do you get the app yourself? It’s easy peasy!
- Enter your phone number on this page (http://www.bipper.com/bsafe/) and download via SMS
- Search for bSafe using the iTunes or the Android Marketplace
- Text bsafe to 84145
Check out this video piece from Fox News Seattle talking to the founder of Bipper.
disclosure: I reviewed this app as part of a compensated campaign. All thoughts and opinions are mine and honest. If you suspect your child has Autism, please see your doctor for medical advice. I’m just a mom, sharing my thoughts and what I’ve figured out in this long road ahead.