I was just browsing the Carphone Warehouse site, and noticed the â€œBack to Schoolâ€ offers they have. This however wasnâ€™t what I was interested in; it was something called SOS Messaging.
SOS messaging according to the CPH website is:
â€œFeeling in danger? Simply press the volume key 4 times on your phone to
discreetly alert your parents that you need help.â€
Now maybe not the most interesting piece of news ever, and I certainly wouldnâ€™t expect a lot of older people to understand how amazingly fantastic this idea is; but take it from me, this has to be one of the most enlightening pieces of information I have read in a very long time.
For example, I myself have been in a number of situations where Iâ€™ve felt seriously in danger. However, getting your phone out, making a text or call is not the easiest task to complete. Nor is it practical if say for instance you know the people youâ€™re quite scared of may be tempted to â€œjackâ€ your mobile.
To put it simply, ever been so angry or even frightened where all you do is shake? Well, try and write a text when your arms are doing an uncontrollable fit. Itâ€™s not easy, and it isnâ€™t going to get you any help fast at all!
However itâ€™s also the button. It doesnâ€™t require the phone to be taken into sight. This means you may stand a lower chance of having your phone stolen off of you, or even being ridiculed for requiring assistance.
I can say having a mobile for some part does make me feel safer, but not completely. This due to the impracticalities that come with texting or calling your parents, or maybe the police if youâ€™re in danger or someone else is. The Samsung idea completely eliminates this problem, which is not only brilliant, but hopefully a huge help.
I can say that those of days of walking home from school in fear are gone; but as we all know the sad truth is, there will be always more victims of bullying or of aggressive attacks. Yes the mobile phone is useful, but its limitations make it useless in situations such as these.
I hope other big companies follow suit with this idea; especially Sony and Nokia who have a lot of custom with the teenage market. But I also hope that more is done to educate youngsters, especially those starting high school. Itâ€™s daunting to say the least, but in our current climate of living in fear, more should be done to reassure my generation, and those younger than myself of these tools available.
A lot of time, effort and money are wasted on â€œtalkingâ€ about the issue of bullying, and teenage crime. This though is just a waste, as not a lot is done to prevent, help or deter anyone from these activities. It is only simple measures such as the SOS Messaging which make some of the biggest differences to oneâ€™s confidence and ability to handle themselves in dangerous or worrying situations.