“When a child goes missing, they are frantic and in a state of shock,” Callahan Walsh of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children told ABC News.
Every parent’s worst nightmare is their child’s disappearance. FBI’s Child ID app is a precautionary measure parents can take to have information readily available for authorities in case the worst happens.
Putting information into the app when stress is low can be helpful to police if it’s needed in an emergency. After downloading the app, uploading your child’s information is simple:
- Open the app.
- Tap the “+” sign in the upper right corner of the screen (you can add multiple children).
- Upload your child’s photo.
- Fill in basic information (Full name, nicknames).
- Fill in address and phone numbers.
- Fill in your child’s description (height, weight, hair color, eye color, and so on)
- Upload additional photos of identifying characteristics (scars, birthmarks, and moles, for example)
- Provide guardian’s contact information and preferred law enforcement office contact.
The app 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.
“Our Child ID app—the first mobile application created by the FBI—provides a convenient place to electronically store photos and other vital information about your children so that it’s literally right at hand if you need it. You can show the pictures and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers on the spot. Using a special tab on the app, you can also quickly and easily e-mail the information to authorities with a few clicks.
The app 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. It features a password protection option to help keep your information safe and allows you to add pictures from your mobile phone’s image library. You can also zoom in and crop images prior to saving.
The app is available for download on iPhones through iTunes and on Android phones through Google Play.
An important note: The FBI is not collecting or storing any photos or information that you enter in the app. All data resides solely on your mobile device unless 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.”