When I first moved to Los Angeles, I’m pretty sure my mom had a heart attack. Can you blame her? I was a young girl in a big, scary city. She always wanted to know where I was, who I was with, and what I was doing and would sent text regular text messages to stay up-to-date. 4 years later, I’m more adapted to the city and she’s [slightly] more relaxed but it can still be dangerous.
To feel a little safer I always carry pepper-spray, try to avoid deserted areas, and rarely venture out at night alone. Unfortunately, sometimes situations still arise that make me nervous. Things as simple as walking to my car at night or meeting up with someone for a blind-date can be uncomfortable…
Guess what? There’s an app for that.
KiteString is a new website and mobile app that helps keep tabs on you– it’s basically your “virtual mom”. After creating a free account, you log-in, let them know when to check up on you (in 30 min., 2 hours, etc.), and then click “embark”. KiteString will send you a message after the allotted time and, if you don’t respond, will notify the emergency contacts that you’ve chosen. Pretty cool, right?
In my opinion, this is the type of app that we’ve desperately needed for decades and that everyone can benefit from. Is it something we’ll use every day? No, probably not. But it’s a nice comfort to have if you know you’re going to be in a vulnerable situation (and I guarantee your mom will love it!).
Here’s to safety-first…