This is a sponsored post but all thoughts and ideas are my own

A few weeks ago I was informed of this campus safety app called React. I'm a huge safety freak; I never walk home alone, am always cautious of my surroundings, and am always looking over my shoulder for someone behind me.

I am overly cautious in my safety precautions probably because I am so neurotic and paranoid. Sometimes it may work against me because I get myself so nervous and worked up but I like to think that it helps me many a times.

This app is just an added bonus and something everyone should download. 

React is an app that allows your phone to turn into a security device. It allows you to report criminal activity around you and incase you ever feel like you're in great danger, with the push of a button, it'll take your GPS coordinates and send a text message to your selected contacts. It can even post the message on Facebook and Twitter so everyone can be aware that you're in danger.

This app literally transforms your phone into your own lifeline. 

God forbid you were ever walking down the street and someone was following you or tried to approach you, this would be a quick way to get the word out that you needed help.

Here's some more background info on the app:

React differentiates itself in the following ways:
·       “Follow-Me” Feature - React Mobile, is a safety tool that you hope you never have to use. We differentiate ourselves by providing users with a safety enhancement feature for everyday use. Our premium “Follow-me” feature allows users to have friends and family track them in real-time. When a user is concerned for their safety but doesn’t want to escalate a potentially harmless situation, they can have their friends and family track them in real-time until they are safe.

·       International Support: Users also have the ability to choose which country they are visiting (or living in) from our settings tab and when they trigger an SOS alert they will be prompted to dial the appropriate emergency authority depending on where they are (ex: if they are in the UK the app will prompt a user to dial 112 not 911).

·       Social Network Integration: SOS alerts can be posted to Facebook and Twitter – In the event of an emergency we want users to have the capability to alert as many people as possible. We are differentiating ourselves from the competition by offering users the option to post their emergency alerts to Facebook and Twitter with a link to their location.

·       React Mobile is Free - Unlike many of our competitors we are offering our product as a free app as we believe that it is a safety tool that everyone with a smartphone should have at their disposal. Unlike the competition, we impose no charge for the use of key features and we don’t require a users’ emergency contacts to have installed the app.

·       Automatic 911 prompt – Because it is critical to alert the authorities when you are in trouble, our app automatically prompts users to dial 911 if an alert is activated. 

What is the Follow-Me feature?
React Mobile's SOS emergency reporting is a safety tool that you hope you never have to use. We differentiate ourselves by providing users with a safety feature for everyday use. Our premium “Follow-me” feature allows users’ friends and family to track them in real-time whenever they are concerned for their safety. People frequently feel unsafe and uncomfortable but may not want to trigger an SOS alert. Examples include , a solo or late night runner (or runner in the woods), a realtor meeting a new client for the first time in an unfamiliar place, a student walking home along a dark pathway, an online dater who is meeting a date for the first time. These are just some examples of when people might want the peace of mind of knowing that their trusted, self-selected contacts are tracking them in real-time. If an emergency situation occurs a user can escalate to an SOS alert, however, if for some reason the user can’t issue an alert (i.e. they are attacked), their friends will know where they are if they go missing thanks to the last known GPS and will be able to alert the police.

I've checked out the app and downloaded it onto my iPhone (also available on Android Devices) and it seems pretty useful and handy. You could create your account with Facebook which is always a great feature and I really like that you could load your emergency contacts pre-danger so really with only a push of the SHIELD button, it'll send out a mass text of sorts.

I hope I never have to use it but if I ever get into a dangerous situation, it'll be good to have. 

I think it's really important for college students, and everyone in general to be aware of their safety. It's a scary world out there and I think React Mobile is an incredible asset to have on hand incase of dangerous situations.

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