IU student urges others to download new safety app

An IU has developed a safety app following Lauren Spierer's disappearance

Bloomington, Ind.

An Indiana University student is urging students to think about their personal safety and download a new phone application.  

Kayla Wegner, a junior at IU, is a student advocate for MyForce.  The phone app is a personal security system that helps subscribers when they are in danger with the touch of a button. If the user feels they are in danger, they can hit a button on their phone.  Then phone then goes dark and the app sends an alert to a monitoring team at MyForce.  The group listens and records audio coming from the user's smartphone.

Additionally, a GPS is activated and the location of the user is tracked.  The company then alerts emergency responders and gives them information needed to assist the user.  MyForce requires pre-registration, so the company already knows who the user is.  

Wegner said crimes against students at IU, including the disappearance of Lauren Spierer, inspired her to take proactive steps to stay safe, and she hopes other students will do the same.

She said 911 is a great tool to have in an emergency, but MyForce can also be used when seconds count.

Wegner has spoken with an IU sorority about the app and is meeting with IU’s Dean of Students to discuss how MyForce can be used on campus.

MyForce is offering a discounted rate because of the disappearance of Spierer.  MyForce will donate $10 for every subscription to the Help Find Lauren Fund.  To subscribe with the promotion, enter the promo code: FINDLAUREN

The app can be used with an iPhone, Android or Blackberry, and it works on all carrier networks.

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