A free new website called Kitestring is now providing an added measure of safety and security.
It can be programmed to check up on you if you're going out, or even if you're staying in on a first date.
To get set up you start by writing a customized contact list, adding as many cell phone numbers as you want. Then you write a customized text message telling your family and friends what you're up to.
Then you select the length of time you think you'll be busy for. If you finish early, you can check back in through the website, or with a text message.
You can set up a password to check back in, so only you are able to do so.
If you're taking longer you can add on more time by texting 15m for 15 minutes, or 1h for an hour to the Kitestring phone number you are given.
When your virtual timer is about to go off, you're sent a text message, reminding you to check in if you're alright.
If something happens and you're unable to respond, Kitestring sends out the customized message you wrote to the emergency contact list you added.
Heather Frese and Kelly Coon both like this new web service, which is available around the globe.
"Definitely having your family have that piece of mind knowing where you are if you don't show up at home at a certain time or you're late for dinner and how you can be alerted if something is wrong. And your family can either go out look for you, or try and find where you are," says Frese.
"Like if I was going out with some of my girlfriends, like if we go over to the mall. It's times like that when my parents or my boyfriend worry about me being in the parking lot alone. So you can put that I'm going to the mall. And then they don't have to worry, because it's kind of like a second set of security," says Coon.
The biggest difference between Kitestring and other similar apps and services is how the message is sent out. Instead of typing a password or shaking your phone, letting the time expire by doing nothing is all that is needed to send your message to your emergency contact list.
"You hear these stories and it's like they don't know where the person last was, at least you could get some sort of a timeline, you know what I mean. It might just help narrow it down a little bit," says Coon.