|Title||The ‘Ansim-phone’ keeps children safe on their way to and from school.|
The winter vacation has passed all too soon, and a new semester starts. When a new semester starts, parents with young children tend to be concerned if their children might get lost or even kidnapped. According to the Gyeonggi Research Institute, 20.7% of all traffic accidents involving children and 22.6% of all child sex abuse cases take place on their way to and from school. To prevent such incidents, parents must teach their children how to stay out of danger.
Let’s examine what parents should teach their children to be safe when they go to school and return back home:
First, special education about the dangers of traffic, which children are most vulnerable to, is necessary. For example, when crossing a street at a crosswalk, the children must be instructed to first stop, check the traffic both ways, and then cross the road with one of their hands raised.
Second, it is also important to teach them to be wary of strangers. Parents should warn their children to be wary of strangers who try to gain their favor with toys and snacks to lure them away. Parents should tell them emphatically to never follow such strangers.
Third, it’s advisable to teach children to shout “Fire” rather than “Help me,” and to teach them to actively try to attract attention when in danger and ask people around them for help.
Lastly, parents who cannot stay with their children 24 hours can use the ‘Ansim-phone’ (the “safety” phone) which makes it possible to track their children and get S-1 patrolmen to be dispatched to help their children in an emergency, such as when they get lost. A text message containing the location information of the user is automatically sent to the guardians, and the default 'Promise with Mom' application blocks harmful contents and helps children use their smartphones properly.
As double-income households are becoming commonplace, many parents cannot escort their children to and from school, so an increasing number of parents who are concerned about their children are purchasing the Ansim-phone.
Managing Director Kim Chang-han of the Mobile Business Team of S-1, said, "As the Ansim-phone not only locates the children, but also informs their location every hour and can be used to request patrolmen to be dispatched in an emergency, it is emerging as a good measure for looking after the safety of children at a time when crimes against children are increasing."