Will Acts of Terrorism Ever Stop? Can Your Smart Phone Help?

Will acts of terrorism ever stop? A question born of wishful thinking, I’m afraid. Even though our world is actually becoming safer, hornets nests of anger and frustration will still erupt into violence from time to time. With 7 billion people struggling to keep their heads above water in a rising tide of change, what are the odds that there will be outbreaks of rage? A mathematical certainty.

boston bombing - Google SearchThe discussion about how to improve school safety ranges from arming teachers to installing auto-locking doors. Is there anything we individuals can do to increase the chances of the safety for our children, or at least to keep terrorism out of our souls? Maybe.

In a recent conversation on the topic of panic buttons, my brother sent me the following link and listed some arguments for smartphone panic buttons. Would you put this app on your smart phone?

With one click on this panic button on your smart phone you can:

– Dial 911 automatically

– Send alert messages to Police/Resource Officers/School Administrators/loved ones, including your GPS location

– Send safety protocols for teachers and staff to follow during an incident

– Start protecting kids immediately while you develop your long term safety plans.

– And the cost is much lower than wired panic buttons

How could such an app help? What do you think? Would you use one? Why? Why not? Would you buy it for the teachers and parents at your school?

If we can’t ensure that we will eliminate terrorism from our schools, maybe we can at least keep it out of our souls.

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4 Responses to Will Acts of Terrorism Ever Stop? Can Your Smart Phone Help?

  1. Gary Gruber says:

    I would not put any app on my smart phone that is smarter than I am because I even hit the panic button on my car key thing. That results in the horn blowing to alert everyone within earshot, who usually pay no attention anyway. My point is that there would be too many false alarms and yes I know the other side, that even one that resulted in saved lives would be worth all the rest. I think I liken it to the old story about the boy calling wolf when there was none and then when there was, no one responded. We are already so conditioned to knee-jerk responses that a panic button on a smart phone might make us even more dependent on gadgets that could be used to detonate rather than to defuse the situation.

  2. Rick says:

    Thanks, Gary. Nice: more likely to detonate than defuse.

  3. Mark Crosley says:

    Kids are worried enough already without giving them panic buttons. Especially if it gives them a false sense of security.

    When I was a child, I might have hit a panic button when a big kid started yelling at me at recess or when I skinned my knee at the park. At school, kids should find a teacher and elsewhere they should go home or find a nearby grownup. We don’t need apps for these basic responses.

    Perhaps a few kids will use this when they’re in serious trouble and actually get an appropriate response, but most of the time, the triggering event will be inappropriate and/or the response will be too late. Like car alarm burnout: who pays attention to alarms that go off all the time?

    Let’s teach kids about safety, what to do in an emergency, how to use their cell phone (including speed dial) and how talk about being scared. We don’t need to give them apps to do these.

  4. Rick says:

    Thank you, Mark. Excellent points.

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