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ERIC Number: EJ810628
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1528-5324
Do Emergency Text Messaging Systems Put Students in More Danger?
Bambenek, John; Klus, Agnieszka
EDUCAUSE Quarterly, v31 n3 p12-16 2008
Cell phones have become prevalent on college campuses. Most students use them as their primary phone to avoid changing phone service every year or dealing with university-based long-distance charges. In the wake of recent college shootings and threats of violence on campus, administrators have begun to deploy cell phone solutions to send emergency messages to students. Many believe that emergency text messaging systems will minimize the damage (specifically loss of life or injuries) in an emergency situation, including natural disasters. Despite the speed with which such systems are being deployed (some even mandated by law), little attention has been given to the efficacy and implications of such technologies. Crisis communication services must demonstrate several characteristics to meet the requirements for emergency operation: (1) Extremely high reliability; (2) Excellent access control; and (3) High-speed delivery. In this article, the authors explore the weaknesses and potential hazards of the cell phone solution. (Contains 2 figures and 8 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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