There is a free new tool from the FBI that can help when you lose your child. Child ID – the first mobile application created by the FBI – provides a convenient place to electronically store photos and vital information about your children so that it’s literally right at hand if you need it. You can then show the pictures and physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers on the spot. Using a special tab, you can also quickly and easily e-mail the information to authorities.
The app also includes tips on keeping children safe, as well as specific guidance on what to do in those first few crucial hours after a child goes missing.
American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) – the FBI’s long-time partner in the National Child Identification Program, which provides a physical kit to gather your child’s pictures, fingerprints, personal characteristics, and even DNA to keep with you in case of emergency – is producing a public service announcement about the app and will spread the word at various football games during the upcoming season. You are encouraged to share the app with family and friends, especially during upcoming activities in your communities.
Right now the Child ID app is only available for use on iPhones and can only be downloaded for free from the App Store on iTunes, but they plan to expand this tool to other types of mobile devices in the near future.
One important note: neither the FBI nor iTunes is collecting or storing any photos or information that you enter into the app. All data resides solely on your mobile device until you need to send it to authorities. Please read your mobile provider’s terms of service for information about the security of applications stored on your device.