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When I became a mom, I became a safety patrol officer. Like kids canvassing crosswalks outside of schools, I policed my neighborhood and reported speeding drivers and one shady individual lurking around my apartment building. Instead of a bright yellow belt and a shiny silver badge, I wore a baby carrier and carried a diaper bag stuffed with germ killer. I looked both ways before I crossed the street, triple checked the car seat installation before pulling off and actually stopped at yellow lights versus pushing the pedal.  Even with my extra precautions, I still worried if  I was really protecting my most precious gift.


Last week, I had a scare.  I thought I lost my little girl. She slipped out of my sight (in my apartment) and my heart dropped.  I quickly located her.  When I shared with story with a few friends, they told me something similar happened to them.  My neighbor’s son sat under the sink, eating candy and not answering when his name was called. My coworkers daughter fell asleep in her closet.  My friend’s daughter hid in a clothing rack at a department store.  Their experience made me feel like I wasn’t a bad mom after all–as a first timer, I tend to be hard on myself!  It also made me wonder what I could do to stop stressing over the “what if” factor.


So I signed up for Street Safe–a personal security service for phones. Here’s why I would recommend the service to moms (and dads–testosterone doesn’t make a dark, empty parking lot less scary!)


1. It’s Affordable.

For as little as $12.50 a month, you can subscribe to a service plan. If you spring for a year, you save money.  That’s a lot cheaper than my building’s indoor parking garage, which is $75.  Safe to say that I do not park in the garage!


2.  It’s Easy 

It only took me a few minutes to sign up for the service and download it onto my smart phone.  I’m not too tech savvy, so I like to keep safety simple.





3. It’s Dependable

The Walk With Me feature enables you to walk in confidence, not in fear. By sliding the green button, you request for a Safety Advisor to call you back. As soon as I hung up, my phone rang. Darlene greeted me by name and asked for my current address.  She told me she would plug it into her system to see my street view.  (Make sure you activate the GPS feature on your phone.) She then asked me if I had a concern.  I didn’t, but asked about the type of concerns she received. Darlene informed me that some people call if they’re walking in an empty, poorly lit parking lot. Or, perhaps they are coming home from a friend’s house. Darlene stays on the phone until they safely reach their destinations.


If I was in danger, instead of sliding the green button, I would slide the red one, which would immediately contact the closet 911 center with my location.




4. It’s Better Than Phoning Home

Since Darlene knew my location, if something were to happen to my daughter and I, she could immediately call for help.  In my profile, I uploaded out photos, so she could describe us to police if need be.




5. It’s Like the Medic Alert Necklaces I Always Wanted But Was Too Young To Buy

We all are familiar with the commercials about a senior citizen falling down and calling for help by pushing a button around her neck.  Well, Street Smart is that button. It’s designed to keep you safe on the street, but you can also call for help from your home. If I can’t dial 911 in the event of a burglary, I can contact the Street Safe team.


Hey DFTM Fam–How do you stay safe when walking with your little ones? 

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About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

6 Responses

  1. Christine

    This sounds like a neat thing to have on hand. If I’m coming home late and I’m with the kids by myself, I always have my husband on the phone with me until I get in the house.


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