April 28, 2017

The FBI’s New Child App

The FBI’s new Child ID app can be downloaded for free from the App Store on iTunes. Download App | View Gallery
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: 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?
child id app in hand 300Now there’s a 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. There is no charge for the app.
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.

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 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.Child app screenshots

Right now, the Child ID app is only available for use on iPhones and can only be downloaded for free from the App Store on iTunes, but we plan to expand this tool to other types of mobile devices in the near future. And we’ll be adding new features—including the ability to upload other photos stored on your smart phone—in the coming weeks and months.Child ID app poster


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.

Feel free to use this poster to promote the app. Download a high resolution version.

Resources:
FBI Child ID app on iTunes
FBI’s Crimes Against Children website
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Comments

  1. This is an awesome app!!

  2. Brandy Cathcart (brothers) says:

    Its been 15 years since Morgan went missing, Its very hard to think about, but not a day goes by that I dont think about her. I remember that day she went missing very well, and I think why her, I was there with her, playing as our moms watched the game. I would willing go back in time and take her place, or scream for her or try to fight. My mom told me to go on this site, bc im now a mom to a beautiful energetic 11 month old, and as i write this I cant stop crying. I feel like I let her down by not fighting or screaming. but I was 5 what could I have really done? Morgan if your still out there im sorry.

    • What a precious reponse.. and I can hear the 5-year-old in words.  I am confident that Morgan has forgiven you and knows that you, like her, were only a 5 year old child.  You two didn’t know that these horrors existed and my prayers are with you, Morgan, and all those who love you and that you love.

    • Chavezdaelyne says:

      hey im daelyne i go to almahigh schoolimveryr very sorry iv bben prayen so yahcan find her.

  3. SgtTaz138 says:

    As a retired Police Officer/Investigator, It would be EXTREMELY useful if the FBI could make an update to the app that includes a barcode reader for the type of bar codes that are in the back of a state issued I.D. card. I just recently obtained ID cards for my two daughters and I had them scan their fingerprint on their index finger. That would be very valuable information for Law Enforcement to have for investigative purposes.

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