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The FBI’s Child ID App - Putting Safety in Your Hands
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Podcast: About the Child ID App

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?

The first step is to dial 9-1-1 and request assistance in locating your missing child. Law enforcement and other agencies will respond to help in the search for your child but what will you tell them?

Crucial information such as your child's height, eye color, weight, and distinguishing marks may not immediately come to mind in your frantic search.

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 application also has a security feature allowing your to password protect the application to further protect your children.

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.

We encourage you to share the word about this app with family and friends, especially during upcoming activities in your communities to raise awareness on crime and drug prevention. For its part, the FBI is working to publicize the app with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)—its 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. The AFCA is producing a public service announcement about the app and will spread the word at various football games during the upcoming season.

The Child ID app available for use on iPhones and Android platforms and can be downloaded for free from the App Store on iTunes or through the Google Play Store. The FBI plans to expand this tool and add new features—including the ability to upload other photos stored on your smart phone—in the coming weeks and months. Feel free to use this poster to promote the app. Download a high resolution version.

An important note: the FBI (and iTunes for that matter) 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.

Put your child’s safety in your own hands. Download the FBI’s Child ID app today.

A large portion of the content of this page was written and produced by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. For a link to the original press release please visit the link below: