Ken P said
Isn't this scaremongering? I don't recall a single case of attempted or actual abduction of PP models.
I think that it isn't scaremongering to help people make sure that there never are any actual cases.
Most models already take some precautions when meeting strangers in unfamiliar places and if this type of app is helpful to some is some circumstances then I would think the suggestion useful.
Indeed. The real value of apps like these is that they enable people -- not just models -- to have the confidence to work alone, which isn't something that should be downplayed, I think (since by definition the confidence to work alone in a new field isn't something that can be easily conveyed by anyone else).
Besides the abduction thing there's the simple safety stuff. Not stranger danger, not kidnap danger, but "going somewhere potentially physically unsafe" -- urbexing, climbing a mountain, travelling a long distance alone, all that stuff.
If a model -- particularly a new model lacking their own experience to back up their judgement -- wants to allay their own safety concerns or those of others by arranging some lone-worker-safety provisions, I think it's a good idea, not least because they allow a family member/friend/partner to be absolutely routinely involved in safety without needing to be present, or even necessarily needing to be told each time. May cut back the need to text every half hour or whatever is otherwise arranged.
Lone worker safety tools are 'best practice' in other areas -- estate agents, travelling reps, all sorts.
Engineered safety is an area that mobile devices can help with in a way that becomes routine. It might even be possible to engineer things into PP that allow the details of booked shoots to be imported into lone worker apps through calendar feeds.
Once someone is up and running working by themselves, maybe they don't need it. But if I was employing someone working away from home alone in higher-risk situations on a regular basis, I'd consider it.
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