Easy to Activate – This sidekick button is easy to get to, it clips on your clothes or backpack and can be activated with the touch of a button.
Note, you do not have to purchase the Sidekick. The app is free and can also call for help. I will always suggest you have a panic button that is easy to get to in the event you are in a situation that catches you off guard.
Notifies Friends and Family – You will notify your emergency contacts when you push the panic button or you can use the app to send the notification.
A text is sent with a pre-written message. I set mine up to say “Send help now. I’m in trouble”. Your contact get a link and can determine how to get help to you.
Follow Me Function – Through the app you can alert your friends to follow you while you walk home or other destination if you are feeling like you want a virtual escort.
This is a good idea especially when it’s late at night or maybe if you are traveling and relying on someone else to get you to your destination.
This product is pretty basic. I wish it at least had an audible alarm when the Sidekick is activated. For $79.99 I’d expect more functionality.
But, the free app could be useful in a pinch. You can buy this product at Target, Kmart and some other retailers and 5% of the sales goes to “Take Back the Night” which is an organization that helps bring awareness to sexual violence.