As a parent, the peace of mind that comes from knowing your child is safe is beyond important, but you have to do it while respecting your child’s privacy. IFTTT offers a great way to balance these two things.
Specifically, IFTTT offers what’s called a “DO” button, which you can use to trigger a quick “I’m Safe” message to your phone. This way, your teenager or young adult can spend time with friends without the embarrassment of having to call mommy and daddy, while at the same time letting you know that everything is okay.
The way it works is pretty simple.
Set Up the IFTTT Do Button
The first step is to install the IFTTT “DO” button from Google Play [No longer available] or iTunes [No longer available] onto your child’s phone. Once that’s done, you’ll need to link it up to your IFTTT account with the ID and password.
Now you can create the recipe. On the Add a Recipe page in the IFTTT app, just click on “Channels”, and then scroll down until you see SMS.
Next, click “Create a New Recipe” and then “Send me an SMS”. Edit your SMS setup to look something like this.
Once you’ve got this configured on your child’s phone, any time they tap this DO button in the DO Button app, it’ll fire off this message to the phone number registered on your IFTTT account (which should be your phone).
The message will give you the time when they pressed the button, as well as their GPS location on a map so you know exactly where they are!
It’s very quick and simple to set up, but the benefits are more than worthwhile. It’s the perfect way to get peace of mind without forcing your child to call you or installing an invasive GPS tracker on their device.
Is this a setup that you’d use with your teenagers? Do you think they’d be more open to this than privacy-invading tracking apps? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!