Apps focused on keeping kids safe this school year

Posted at 5:08 PM, Aug 05, 2018

SAN DIEGO — It’s almost time for kids to head back to school, and for parents, that means safety is top-of-mind.

Luckily, there are a ton of apps to help your child stay safe.

Whether you need to monitor their online activity or give them peace of mind by being able to report suspicious activity at school, there is something for every need. Here's a list of safety apps below:


Students in the South Bay now have an easier way to report illegal activity on campus. The Sweetwater Union High School District and Chula Vista Police teamed up with Crime Stoppers to roll out a program called Students Speaking Out.

The program is a push to get students to use the P3Tips apps, which allows them to send messages to Crime Stoppers if they see something they need to report.

Circle of 6

Circle of 6 lets users choose up to six trusted friends to add to their circle. If your student gets into an uncomfortable or risky situation, the app allows them to automatically send their circle a pre-programmed SMS alert with their exact location. Two taps is all it takes for the message to go out. 

The app also lets users connect to 24-hour hotlines for safety and information. 

Kaspersky Safe Kids Family GPS

This app was created for parents worried about what their kids are doing online. The app allows parents to make sure their kids' digital experience is fun and safe. The app allows screen time scheduling, battery level monitoring and notifications about suspicious activity. There is a paid version of the app, but the free version comes with most of the notable features. 

What you can do with the free version:

  • Block access to adult content
  • Manage your kids’ use of apps*
  • Block suspicious search results in browsers
  • Personalize a list of sites & apps you block / allow
  • Set device screen time limits**
  • Easily manage rules and check a summary report – via My Kaspersky and in an app on your device
  • Allow access to blocked websites or apps by request – remotely
  • Get tips on how to educate your kids about digital dangers and other online security threats from expert psychologists