Missing Child: Written iPhone App Review
Having a child go missing is one of the worst experiences parents can have. Unfortunately it happens every day all around the country. Technology is useful in helping to locate missing children, but in the end it takes an informed and observant person to help bring them home.
Missing Child, developed by BroomBiz, is a new app which is designed to put open missing child cases at your fingertips. It includes a wealth of information which could help you identify a missing child and save their life.
Concept and Functionality:
Missing Child is very simple and easy to navigate. It takes almost no time at all to select your state from the drop-down menu when you first open the app. From there, you’re presented with a list of all open cases.
The list of cases includes the child’s picture, name, and the date they went missing. If you like, you can use the search bar at the top of the list to filter cases by name, location, and other information.
Each profile includes the same information as the list, along with the location they disappeared from, their current age, and a phone number for the local police station that’s handling the case. There’s also a button to share a profile on Facebook.
If you like, there’s a “Donate” button at the bottom of the screen which gives you option to donate money to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
Lastly, push notifications will keep you up to date if a new case is opened in your state.
Missing Child has many useful features for quickly and easily locating open cases. From push notifications to Facebook sharing, there are definitely ways to stay informed and share cases with others. However, I feel there are many improvements which could be implemented in order to help make Missing Child a far more effective tool.
First, sharing options should be expanded to include Twitter and Google+, along with email. Second, I think it would be useful to have the ability to organize cases not only by state, but by county or even current location. This would allow push notifications to be set for an entire state and/or a specific county.
Organizing cases by current location would be perfect for people who travel frequently and monitor the app because it would allow them to quickly and easily view open cases in their area even when they are in unfamiliar territory.
Lastly, the ad at the bottom of my screen is for an Asian dating service (the official iTunes screenshot shows an ad for Google) and it would be much more appropriate if the ad displayed something that was targeted toward services which help locate children.
Even though the app has a bit of room for improvement, the information included within it is invaluable. Simply taking 10 minutes to familiarize yourself with open cases in your state could possibly save a child’s life. Remember, technology can be an excellent tool for locating a missing person, so use it to your advantage.
Missing Child is optimized for both iPhone and iPad. It is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later.
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