Today the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation announced the release of Child ID, its first iPhone app intended to help parents store and quickly access information about their children in case of emergencies. The app can store pictures and other information, such as a child’s height and weight, for quick reference and dissemination to the police and other officials in case a child goes missing.
You’re shopping at the mall with your children when one of them suddenly disappears. A quick search of the nearby area is unsuccessful. What do you do?
Now there’s a free new tool from the FBI that can help. Our just launched Child ID app—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 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 FBI investigates crimes against children and deems the first few hours after a child goes missing as critical in securing the child’s safe return. We applaud the FBI for creating an app that could be a useful tool to help parents and local, state, and federal authorities locate kidnapped children.
The FBI isn’t the first federal entity to publish an app in the App Store. First there was The White House app that hit the App Store in January 2010. Then we saw the Transportation Security Adminstration put out its My TSA app last year, followed by the U.S. Department of State’s Smart Traveler app last month.
Child ID is compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad (though it lacks an interface optimized for the iPad’s larger screen) and requires iOS 4.2 or higher.