Recently there have been several incidences of children, typically those in Play Schools or primary classes, being abused by their teachers and other staff at the school, tuitions, or sporting institutions. Needless to say, these incidents have done considerable damage to the hitherto untarnished reputation of these institutions. While a single isolated incident would not have garnered much attention, the frequency of such unfortunate events has been growing alarmingly of late, leading to an increased public outcry and a growing concern over the safety and security of young kids in educational and other institutions. In a recent episode of a similar tragedy in a reputed private school in a posh Kolkata locality, agitated parents gheraoed the campus and held the teachers and staff hostage for several hours, till the police came to the rescue. Several mitigation measures have been suggested; installing CCTVs inside school campuses, strict regulation of pool cabs, and school buses ferrying students to and from school, not allowing laborers and maintenance staff not associated with the school inside the campus within school hours, etc. In what is being seen as a rather harsh but desperate bid at ensuring the safety of its students as well as its reputation, a prominent girls’ school in the same city went a step ahead and banned pool cars for nursery kids.
It has now made it compulsory for nursery students to be dropped off and picked up by a parent or guardian only. The following questions arise: Are these measures sufficient at preventing the recurrence of such untoward incidences? Also, how will already over-stressed working parents cope with the added burden of accompanying their kids to and from school? Is there an alternative that can achieve the desired objective of ensuring student safety while simultaneously preventing any additional burden on the child? Will that alternative be as effective as the physical presence in ensuring the child’s safety and peace of mind for the parent? Vawsum’s School bus tracking is a unique cost-effective solution to all the above questions. Vawsum is a simple and intuitive mobile app that lets people stay informed about their child’s whereabouts. It works using available cellular network infrastructure and GPS technology and seamlessly integrates both to deliver real-time location tracking and updates in the form of notifications (push, toast, SMS, etc. Vawsum is highly customizable and just as flexible. An array of features is available on the platform- such as adding bus stops at user-defined locations. Parents using Vawsum can make use of the location preferences feature in the “School bus tracking” and they get an update whenever their wards’ school bus enters a proximity radius defined by the user, say 500m from home.
This is in addition to the live GPS-based school bus tracking that already lets parents track their child’s school bus throughout the duration of the journey from home to school and back. Location is captured using GPS and transmitted using cellular data (internet), which, if unavailable temporarily, automatically syncs all tracking data once the connection is re-established. Vawsum’s school bus tracking feature can greatly help both working parents as well as homemakers. In addition to the obvious security benefits, this feature also enhances productivity by saving both the parents as well as the child’s time. They do not have to wait at the bus stop for long and can plan their journey as the bus’s location is tracked in real-time. Parents get SMS and in-app updates all the time, so they can rest assured and concentrate on their jobs without the slightest fear or apprehension about their ward’s safety. Vawsum also sends updates if the vehicle over-speeds and reduces critical response time in the unfortunate incident of any mishap. As a product designed with paramount importance on user safety, Vawsum continually strives to deliver the finest of solutions in the best possible manner. Why ban pool cars when you can use a free utility to keep track of ’em and ensure safety?