— A new app lets college students alert the authorities when they leave one building and head to another, so the cops can instantly come looking for them if they don’t get to their destination. Which makes sense if you are going to college in ISIS-held neighborhoods of Syria.
Otherwise it is yet another way to convince us that everyone under 21 is in constant, life-threatening danger. Especially on campus! As South Coast Today reports (boldface mine):
DARTMOUTH — Audry Kivlin is a freshman dorm resident assistant at UMass Dartmouth. Her biggest job, she said, is “to keep students safe” so she is excited to hear how technology can help do that this fall.
The university is preparing to roll out the Rave Guardian campus safety app designed to check on the status of a student if, for example, he or she walks from the library to the dorm at night.
“It’s a notification system that allows for better tracking,” said Col. Emil Fioravanti, the campus director of public safety. “If you’re not where you want to be at the expected time, campus police will show up.”
The way it works you log in and tell the app where you are and where you are going. It starts a timer and you have to notify it when you reach your destination. The app automatically provides the student’s profile and location to public safety so staff there can track you in case something happens along the way.
I’m sure that no students will ever forget that they activated the app by the time they get to their destinations, right? Certainly, no cops will be rushing to the scene of non-crimes to find students studying or flirting or eating a hamburger, will they?
Oh wait — they will. This item sounds worse than unnecessary. It sounds like a recipe for false alarms. – L