The FBI recently released an app called FBI Child ID and I wanted to feature it as my weekly special this week. This is one of those apps that will sit on your device, hopefully never to be used but you should the need arise you’d be so grateful to have it. The app stores your children’s photographs and vital information so you have it on hand if they are ever missing and you need that information for police officers. The information can also be quickly emailed to authorities.
FBI Child ID will ask you for your child’s full name and nickname. There is a section for address and phone number. Then you will be asked date of birth, gender, ethnicity, height, weight, hair and eye color and if your child has pierced ears. Finally there is a section for identifying characteristics both on your child’s front and back. Then you can include information for two guardians. A photo can also be taken. You will need to use the camera to take the photo and at first I was bothered that you couldn’t use an existing photo from the album. But then I decided that a brand new picture is the best one to have anyway. You want something current of your child.
All of the above is standard and I’ve seen similar in other apps before. Honestly, I’ve seen it laid out and done much better in other apps. But FBI Child ID comes with additional important information and that’s why I wanted to focus on it today. The app will allow you to directly call either 911 or the NCMEC (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children). The next section is “Safety Tips for Parents”. The tips are basic and common sense but a good refresher to read over. I think it would be helpful to read and discuss the tips with older children. The final section was the one I found most beneficial, it is the “Checklists”. You get a checklist of what to do with the FBI Child ID app. Then you have a list of what to do in the first 24 hours when your child goes missing. Additionally there’s a list of what to do in the second 24 hours. These were both extremely helpful and I’d recommend any parent read them. Just in case. Finally you’ll have a section of helpful links to websites that include Amber Alert, local FBI offices and the National Child ID program.
The one big improvement that I’d like to see made to FBI Child ID is the addition of a password to access the app. From reading the reviews in iTunes it seems like this is a common request. Having all of that personal information stored in the app it would be nice to know that it was safe. My personal solution is to only enter in the information I’m comfortable sharing until there’s a fix.
If you haven’t found a child ID app that works for you yet then I’d suggest you give FBI Child ID a look. It’s free and the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ve got this information on hand can be priceless.
Price when Reviewed: Free
Seller: Federal Bureau of Investigation
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.