A 12-Year-Old Nigerian Student Built An App To Help Lost Kids Get Back Home

In a country that is battling its own share of economic setbacks, some bright lights continue to persist. Tomisin Ogunnubi is one of such bright lights who has brought forward a solution to a problem that she noticed.

A number of thought leaders have spoken of the advantages that a country can benefit from when girls are involved in tech and you need to look no further than this 12-year-old girl to back up those statements.

Nigerian student Tomisin Ogunnubi finished up on the development of her Android mobile tracking app, My Locator. The motive behind her development of the app was the need to help lost kids find their way back home.

Tomisin worked on the app under the supervision of an Information and Communications Technology partnership between her school, Vivian Fowler Memorial College for Girls, and New Horizons Computer Learning Centre. With them, she was able to get the skills and knowledge she needed to build the app she always wanted to.

Tomisin Ogunnubi

How Does Tomisin Ogunnubi’s My Locator App work?

My Locator App comes in three different sections including Current Location, Alert Button and finally Remembered Location.

With the ‘current location’ setting on the app, the child is able to know where they are exactly and the neighbouring streets around them. Remembered Location button allows the kids to save their current whereabouts. If the child still is not able to find their way, the app which allows the kids to save a location – like their house or school – will then direct them on how to get from wherever they are to that saved location.

More amazingly, My Locator App’s alert button is connected to the Lagos State Emergency Service number (767). When that button is pressed, the emergency number is called and a message showing the child’s current location will be sent to them for help. The app is compatible with all android phones which is another comforting feature that stands out. Some thousands of people including moms have already downloaded this app and have also given their ratings. As you might expect, the app has a good rating on Google Play store as people have been loading it with four to five-star ratings.

If you are in Lagos and need absolute peace of mind when your kids are not with you, you can download Ogunnubi’s app on any android phone for free right here. Once installed you will start enjoying all of its features.

Why You Should Download This For Your Kid

This app is a win-win and all kids need it to stay protected. The app works with locations so if by any chance a kid deviates from a particular location, it immediately gets reflected on the google map. With these by-seconds-updates, they will know where they are and how to get back to where they should be (saved location). Automatically, moms and dads won’t have to bother much about their kids’ safety.

There are a few other apps that can let you track your kids to ensure they are safe and they include Securefone, Footprints, Life360, etc. You can also download these apps from Google Play Store.

Note that these apps, however, are not a teen or child monitoring apps in which moms can keep track of their child’s mobile phone use.

If what you want is to monitor what your kids do with their mobile phones or limit what they can do on the internet (just in case you are not comfortable letting your toddler handle a phone) apps like MobSaftey Ranger Browser can help you do that. Famigo is another great app that helps you child-proof your kids’ devices so that they can only view parent-approved or kid-friendly apps.

There is also SMS Tracker that gets a third party (which could be a mom or dad) informed on all ingoing and outgoing call logs. The app also hints the third party on the incoming and outgoing messages as well as the photos. Other apps that function alike include Videomonster, Mobiflocks, and Dinnertime which allows moms to lock and unlock their child’s phone from their device without physical contact with their mobile phones.  This helps to ensure children make use of phones when it is actually necessary.

Obianuju O
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