Parents can now download an app to track where their children are.
The “himayati” or “my protection” application also allows youngsters to send alerts if they are in danger.
Parents can fix their children’s times of arrival and departure from schools, a family can communicate around the clock, and the app can also help to find missing children. The free app can be activated only by parents.
Maj Gen Nasser Al Nuaimi, secretary general at the office of the Interior Minister, said the himayati programme was aimed at making the UAE one of the safest countries in the world.
Col Faisal Al Shammari, head of the ministry’s child protection centre, said that when a family member clicked on the picture of another member on the app’s map, that person’s name and last known location appears.
The person can also send the family member a message or ask for a location.
The app is available now for Android phones and will be extended later to Apple iOS, BlackBerry and Windows Phone operating systems.