FBI launches Child ID app

Posted by David Gomez

The FBI has launched its official Child ID app, which allows parents to electronically store photos and critical information about their children in case they go missing.

Parents can also use the app to provide vital statistics about their child to the police officers, while a special tab allows information to be e-mailed to authorities with ease.

It also gives advice on how to keep your children safe and what to do when they first go missing.

The FBI is working with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) to give public attention to the app. The AFCA will even be producing a public service announcement soon about the app. So if you’re a football parent, don’t be surprised to hear about the FBI’s Child ID app at a game soon.

According to the FBI, a child turns up missing in the United States every 40 seconds, and "many never return home." So if you worry about the safety of your child in an emergency this might be a useful digital tool for locating a missing child.  

Currently, the Child ID app is only available on the iPhone and it can only be downloaded for free from the App Store in iTunes. They FBI are hoping to make the app available on different mobile devices in the future. They’ll also be adding to features to it in the coming weeks and months.

Would you use this app if your child went missing? An even better question might be: Can this app’s information be hacked by tech savvy perverts?