Location data can be a safety net for teenagers while providing peace of mind to their parents or guardians. How can we design for transparency without intrusion to empower teens?
WayToGo has a 'Safe Mode', which will share a teen's location and planned route in real-time. WayToGo notes that, 'The sun has set!' and recommends activating Safe Mode to share location with parents. The teen can choose to decline or explicitly turn it on.
While on route, the top bar is used to remind the teen of current state, in this case 'Safe Mode On.' A notification is sent to recipients so they are made aware that the teen is explicitly sharing their location with them for safety reasons.
'Safe Mode' is a voluntary feature that the teen can switch on/off at any time. They have control over who to share their location and route with - not just parents, but friends as well.
In order to ensure the teens knows the specific state of location sharing, which she is concerned about, the top bar of the interface is always used to display and control these settings. The top bar can be touched to reveal more controls in a drawer, giving them immediate access and control.
At the end of the journey, WayToGo gives the teen a journey summary and lets them know who they've shared it with while on 'Safe Mode'. Storage of data is not presumed, so there's an option to delete or keep the data to review again later.