New Apps to Help Keep Students Safe on Campus

The recent assaults on campuses nationwide have spurred a wave of apps to help students stay safe.
2:48 | 09/24/14

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new app to protect students on campus. Highlighted by the disappearance of Hannah graham. How a smartphone can save your child. Good morning, Lindsey. There's an app for just about anything these days. That's also true of safety on campus and beyond. While it shouldn't be your own form of self-defense, there are several measures of protection at your fingertips. The search for Hannah graham has become a wakeup call for women across America. One in four college woman report surviving sexual assault or attempted assault. Which is why students at Rutgers say they take precautions. Always walk with a friend. Reporter: But students have more options to stay safe using their cell phone, they're holding it anyway. Circle of six, free app -- Reporter: Six friends, and with one touch of the screen, sends a text message along with your current location. Another option is called be safe. It turns your phone into an audio/visual recording device, gets the sound of what's happening. Reporter: It sends to your contacts saying you're in danger and sounds an alarm. Watch over me sounds an alarm by briskly shaking the phone. It will send an alert if you don't check in. Reporter: But Kia Arnold worries young women need more than just an app. Do you feel that too few females know how to defend themselves? I do. It's insane. Reporter: Last year she started learning martial arts. She had to put the elbow to a face when she was assaulted in a bar. I broke his nose. Reporter: For somebody not taking the places, the as a rule neshlg places? Eyes, nose, throat, groin. Reporter: Her safety recommendations for anyone by themselves, take your heads out, be alert and make eye contact. But bottom line, don't think it could never happen to you. Police say in the case of Hannah graham, she was highly intoxicated and texts friends. One of these apps could have helped her, it could have embedded her gps location. The main thing, security experts say be alert. And don't be alone. Exactly. And don't think it can happen to you. We are thinking that have young woman, her family. I went to uva. It really is very personal. Thank you for bringing that to us.

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