As a general rule, we think that young people spend too much time staring at their phones and too little enjoying the world around them. But we’ve just learned about a new “app” that will help them deal with that world when it gets unruly.
On Tuesday, reporter Justin Muszynski told us about a smartphone app, designed specifically for Central Connecticut State University, that helps students and faculty report car accidents, assaults, medical emergencies, suspicious activity and other issues to campus dispatch. It can also connect them by phone to CCSU police or the New Britain Police Department. Tips can be sent anonymously or contact information can be included so police can follow up on the complaint.
It’s free and can be downloaded from the Google Play or iTunes store.
Sgt. Jerry Erwin, of the CCSU Police Department sees an app designed for smart phones as the best way to reach today’s youth.
One feature Erwin said he believes will be particularly useful is the one that allows a parent or friend to watch a student as he or she walks across the campus. Should something go awry, Erwin said, police will have a “breadcrumb trail” to follow.
We can see what a help that would be for police but we doubt that the average 18- to 22-year-old would relish the oversight.
Analisa Novak, a senior at CCSU, suggests that the app is the “modern day ‘If you see something, say something.’”
That said, she doesn’t see herself using it “all that much.”
Still, it’s good to know that, if, in an emergency, students need a helping hand, it’s right there in their phone.