The Federal Bureau of Investigation hopped on the iPhone app bandwagon with an iPhone app every parent will want to put on their iPhone called FBI Child ID.
This iPhone app lets parents store important info and current pictures of their children. In the event that your child goes missing, all pertinent info will be easily accessible for you to share with law enforcement officials.
No one wants to think about losing their children, but a little preparation never hurt.
FBI Child ID iPhone app lets you input tons of useful information about your child or children right on your iPhone. An in-app camera function lets you take a picture that instantly appears on the app’s main page. Update photos often to keep them current.
Other useful information can also be populated, such as the child’s full name, nicknames, home address, contact numbers, physical features and guardian information.
If you ever find yourself needing to share this information a simple tap of the “Share” button puts it all in an easily read email for you to send to law enforcement officials. That could save valuable time and effort if your child is missing.
You can even place a call to 911 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children directly from the iPhone app.
In addition to collecting and letting you share important details about your children, the FBI Child ID iPhone app has a helpful safety tip section for parents. Read through this list of suggestions to help keep your family safe. Going over details with children might help save their lives.
The FBI also populated check lists for parents to use if their child is missing. In a stressful situation it might be easy to forget a simple step that could save your child. This list keeps parents on track for the first 48 hours, organizing searchers, contacting the appropriate authorities and collecting important details that could lead to their return.
Several user reviews have highlighted a flaw with the FBI Child ID iPhone app: lack of security. There is no built in password facility to this app, and calling 911 or the NCMEC just takes one tap. An unsecure iPhone with all of that information could be dangerous if you lose your phone or if your child decides to open the app and start pressing buttons.
While I understand the concerns, there are several very simple solutions. Put a password on your iPhone, which is easily done. Or, use an app lock application to limit access. If you are handing a child a phone, this is common sense and can save you a lot of trouble down the road.
The Bottom Line
Security is a key concern for parents. FBI Child ID is free and easy to use. Get this app, it could help save your child in the event of an emergency.
FBI Child ID iPhone app requires iOS 4.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.