Changes at Lassy Project – Escalation

As some of you might already know, we made the decision to move the bulk of Lassy Project operations to a non-profit, “Lassy Foundation”. Different structure, same goal: prevent child abductions.

 

The Lassy Project team is currently working with various entities who will be instrumental in getting Lassy Foundation off the ground. Unfortunately, we only have enough resources to focus on the transition and ramp-up of Lassy Foundation: as a result we’re not able to support community escalations with the quality they deserve. For this reason, we’ll be removing support for escalating alerts to the community effective June 19, 2016 at 11:59pm. (Note: you can still escalate alerts to your personal network as before.)

 

It’s a difficult decision to make, but we’re hard at work bringing Lassy Foundation up to speed to support a solid operations team along with significant partnerships to make things even better. We’re confident that Lassy Foundation will be ready to bring back community escalation support by the end of the year.

 

The support for escalating alerts to the community will be reinstated once Lassy Foundation has raised enough funds for the required staffing. When this happens we will make sure that you all know about it. Whether you decide to donate to Lassy Foundation or not, we want to extend a massive THANK YOU for being a part of the project. It’s you, the people, who make this possible.

 

With gratitude,
Lassy Project Team

 

Family Notifications

Lassy Project already sends you notifications when your loved ones enter/exit safe zones or go off route with their smartphone or GPS device. Starting today you can now make sure these notifications are not only sent to you, but others as well (spouse, grandparents, guardians, etc).
To make use of the new feature just login and select “SETTINGS” from the menu at the top right. Next, simply enter the 10-digit phone number of the person you would like to add as a recipient of these notifications in the “Notification Recipients” box and click add.

Should anyone no longer wish to get notifications, you can simply click “remove” next to their number.

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New Notifications & Alerts

Based on all the great feedback and testing from parents around the country; we are changing the functionality of our notifications and alerts. This update impacts parents that use a child’s phone or GPS device to receive premium notifications.

To refresh, and for those new to Lassy Project, let’s revisit the concept of notifications and alerts:
Notifications are messages telling you and only you that your child has exited or entered a safe zone or left a safe route.
Alerts are messages sent to your personal network letting them known you need help finding your child. Alert messages include a link to an alert page where information is shown to your personal network.

Now for an explanation of how it works:

Once you attach a device or smartphone to your child’s profile and create zones, we take it from there. You simply receive notifications once your child exits/enters a safe zone or leaves a safe route. Additionally you may receive notifications for when the battery power is running low on a child device.

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Parents can see the last known location of a child device at any time from the app or on the web.

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Should you desire help looking for your child you can alert your personal network with a few taps. If needed, we can escalate the alert to the larger surrounding community for additional search help.

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This update gives parents more control over how and when alerts are created. Notifications are the first source of information parents receive and give parents the ability to decide if and when to alert their network.

Don’t have a device? Want to join our Beta Team currently testing device options? Click Here.

 

 

Halloween

Want to build up your Lassy Community?

Simply download and print off these tags and attached them to the holiday candy you are passing out this Halloween.

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Not My Little Girl…

By John Guydon

She wasn’t my little girl. I didn’t know her. I never met her; but that didn’t stop her story from changing my life forever.

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She wasn’t my little girl but I have 2 of my own so it hit home for me. When I heard her story I was filled with feelings of panic, frustration, sadness, and fear that would ultimately lead to the creation of Lassy Project.

She wasn’t my little girl but I felt panic when I heard the news that she had gone missing after leaving her house for school 3 years ago today. I wanted to help so badly but by the time the news got to me the area was barricaded and it was getting dark. I panicked at the thought of this little girl being out there somewhere alone and afraid.

She wasn’t my little girl but I felt frustrated the more I learned about the standard protocol when a child goes missing. How much time should go by before we start looking for a missing child? Some people tell me that this is a difficult question to answer. Let me ask it another way: How long should a little girl be alone and afraid before we jump into action to help her? How about now?

She wasn’t my little girl but I was overcome with sadness when I heard the news that she would never be coming home. I cried like one of my babies were gone forever even though they were sleeping just a few feet away from me.

She wasn’t my little girl but my fear was that it could have been. Why couldn’t it? I could have a child go missing like this little girl did. I could call neighbors and friends to confirm it isn’t a miscommunication. I could call 911 and file a report. They could send squad cars out to look. Hours later they could send out an AMBER alert to the entire state. Days later they could have 75 different agencies and 1800 men and women out looking for my little girl. Then they could knock on my door and deliver the worst news a parent could possibly receive. My heart could be crushed into a million pieces and I could have no clue how I am going to carry on. That could be any parent.

The story of this tragedy has already been told. But there is a new story being written as we speak. A legacy of a little girl whose story helped changed things forever. Now when a child goes missing we have the ability to notify an entire local community in seconds! Now when a special needs man goes missing in Longmont Colorado, they are found before the media can get a news van on the scene. With the backing of numerous police departments  and over 4,000 communities across the U.S. have downloaded an app now, so they don’t have read a sad story later. Now we have sent 32 alerts and they have all been found safe!

This is just the beginning. The rest of the story includes every community across the globe connecting with each other to send a very powerful message about keeping the people they love safe.

She wasn’t my little girl. But now I think she is, in a way everyone’s little girl. No one thinks tragedy like this will happen to them. If we all take action now, we can change how the story ends for the next missing child.

In loving memory of Jessica Ridgeway.

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Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

June is National Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. Alzheimer’s is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that typically starts with early symptom such as short-term memory loss. As the disease advances, possible symptoms include impaired judgment, disorientation, confusion, behavior changes, and difficulty speaking, swallowing, and walking.

Today worldwide, 47 million people are living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.

With all of those symptoms it is easy to understand that three out of five people with Alzheimer’s will wander, putting themselves in danger. If that isn’t bad enough, if the individual isn’t found within 24 hours, 50% suffer serious injury or death.  Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States; it is the only top ten cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured, or slowed down.

60% of those with Alzheimer’s wander.

When it comes to a wandering loved one with Alzheimer’s, every second counts. Lassy Project is creating the world’s largest network of community members that reinforce safety.

Lassy Project is a free smartphone app that allows parents and guardians to notify an entire local community about their missing loved one in seconds. With the single push of a button that sends a text alert with the missing person’s picture and last known location, people can mobilize a trusted group of family, friends, and neighbors to form an instant search and rescue team. This network of community members that opt-in to receive Lassy alerts are the most important asset users have should a loved one go missing. To help make Lassy Project successful and build safer communities, download the free app for your iPhone or Droid, or register at LassyProject.com.

How does it work?

  • Download and register the free app from your app store.
  • No smartphone? No problem! Register at LassyProject.com.
  • Create a profile for each of your children or at risk adults.
  • Build your safety network by inviting your family, friends and neighbors.
  • Done!

Should your loved one ever goes missing, simply open the app and alert your network to form an instant search and rescue team. Once an alert has been issued to your network, Lassy Project will contact you  to determine if a larger alert to the surrounding local community is needed to help in the search.

This is why it is vital that everyone with a heart and a cell phone downloads and registers the Lassy Project app. You never know when a someone in your community may need your help to look for their loved one.

Own or manage a retirement community or senior center?

Your work and the care you provide to the residents in your community takes a lot of passion, understanding, and kindness. By partnering with Lassy Project, together we can expand your services to provide peace of mind to your community that their loved ones are safe.

Lassy Project enables caregivers as well as individual residents to instantly notify a network of trusted people via text message should any problem arise.

Offer your residents and their families more than just compassion, kindness, respect, and understanding. Offer them a guarantee of safety as well. With Lassy Project, caregivers along with individual residents can instantly notify a network of trusted people via text message should any problem arise. Contact SeniorCare@LassyProject.com for more details.

Every 68 seconds, this happens to an American… How can you help?

June is National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Alzheimer’s is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts with early symptom such as short-term memory loss. As the disease advances, possible symptoms include impaired judgment, disorientation, confusion, behavior changes, and difficulty speaking, swallowing, and walking.

Today worldwide, 47 million people are living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias.

Every 68 seconds, someone in America develops Alzheimer’s. By mid-century, someone in America will develop the disease every 33 seconds.

With all of those symptoms it is easy to understand that three out of five people with Alzheimer’s will wander. If that isn’t bad enough, if the individual isn’t found within 24 hours, 50% suffer serious injury or death.  Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States; it is the only top ten cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured, or slowed down.

As the large Baby Boomer generation approaches their retirement years, the population at risk or Alzheimer’s increase. By 2025, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease is estimated to reach 6.7 million. This is a 30% increase from the 5.2 million age 65 and older currently affected.

60% of those with Alzheimer’s wander.

As doctors and scientists work hard to treat and cure Alzheimer’s, we can work hard on keeping them safe now. When it comes to a wandering loved one with Alzheimer’s, every second counts. Lassy Project is creating the world’s largest network of community members that reinforce safety.  Our technology gives people the power to alert their communities and form an instant search and rescue party in seconds. Click here to Join Lassy Project.

7 Stay Safe Summer Tips

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1 . Be Sun Savvy – wear waterproof sunscreen & reapply every hour
2. Stay Hydrated – water is the best way to prevent dehydration in the heat.
3. Be Splash Safe – never swim alone & always have an adult near by.
4. Stranger Danger – never leave a location with a stranger.
5. Be Bike Safe – always wear a helmet when riding a bike.
6. First Aid – have a fully stocked first aid kit easily accessible in your home or car.
7. Be Lassy Safe – build a Lassy network & create a profile for all of the children in your care. Learn more at Lassyproject.com

NEW FEATURE – Track Your Child’s Steps!

This week, Lassy Project is excited to announce an upgraded product for our users! The newest version of our system includes a feature that allows parents to create safe zones and routes that track your children’s steps and notify you immediately should they stray too far or enter/exit a designated area. This new feature is currently in BETA testing so we appreciate your patience. As always, we greatly value any feedback you have.

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Here’s how it works:

As a parent or guardian, you can create different safe zones and routes that your kids commonly take such as walking to school or going to a friend’s house. To begin, simply log in to LassyProject.com and click on ‘Children’.

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Now click on ‘Zones’ in the top right-hand corner of the page.

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Zones are safe areas for your children. They include places like your home, school, a friend’s house or other commonly visited places. To create a new zone, you can search for a location or address in the search box at the top of the page, or drag the map to find the location.

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While creating your zones, make sure to read and follow the recommended tips to avoid any confusion.

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Next we will create routes. A route is the designated path that your children will travel from one zone to the next. Please note that you must have at least two zones created before you can set up a route. To begin, click on the ‘Routes’ button in the top right-hand corner of the page.

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Simply drag and click on the map to plot a route from one zone to the next that is safe for your child to travel.

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The final step is setting up your child’s smartphone as a Lassy. First, go back to the ‘Children’ page and select ‘Activate Device’ under the child’s profile.

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Then enter their phone number and secret code.

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Next, the child will receive a text link to download the app.

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Once the app is downloaded to the child’s phone, simply enter the phone number and secret code… and that’s it!

Now, when your child starts walking a designated route you have set, Lassy starts tracking every step. If the child strays from the designated path then an alert is immediately sent to the parent’s phone. The parent can then choose to call the child, close the incident, or if the child is missing… hit ‘Escalate’. That is when your personal safety network is notified via text message that there is a missing child. They will receive a picture of the child, last known location and other vital information to begin search and rescue efforts immediately.

Special Note on Battery Life: We are aware that this new tracking feature can drain yours and your child’s phone battery faster than normal. To help with this we have also added an option to turn the tracking feature off/on while you are traveling or out of your normal routine.

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Once the tracking feature has been turned off, it can be quickly turned back on as pictured below.

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For more details on how the Escalation process works or how to set up child profiles, click here.

Attention Android Users:  To ensure that the zones and route tracking capabilities are working correctly, please make sure to go into your settings, select location, and have the location mode set to ‘High Accuracy’. (Pictured below)

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Questions? Contact team@lassyproject.com

 

 

Lassy Project Releases Updated App

This week, Lassy Project launched an exciting update for our mobile app!

Now when users open the app, they will see a new home page and have access to several important new features including:

  1. Lassy Share Cards
  2. Lassy Alerts
  3. Updated Navigation
  4. Updated Escalation User Interface for Children

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Lassy Share Cards

Share cards enable quick content sharing about Lassy Project to help grow the Lassy safety network. As you scroll down the home page, you will see there are a variety of cards to share with various groups in your community. Simply click on the share button to tell your contacts about Lassy Project via text message, email, twitter and Facebook. You can also continue to use your unique direct share link discussed here to help grow your network. The larger your network, the safer your kids!

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Lassy Alerts

Should your child ever go missing, you can now open, escalate, share and close missing child alerts directly from the home page. Each of your open alerts will be listed near the bottom of the home page. Simply click on the open alert or the ‘Missing Child?’ button to see how easy it is!

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For more information on how to create and escalate alerts, click here.

How Does Lassy Project Work?

  1. Download and register the free app for your iPhone or Droid.
  2. No smartphone? No problem! Register at LassyProject.com.
  3. Create a profile for each of your children.
  4. Build your safety network by inviting your family, friends and neighbors.

… and you’re Done!

For a complete guide of how to use Lassy Project, click here.

Questions? Contact team@LassyProject.com .