FBI Releases First Mobile App to Help Locate Missing Children

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released its first official mobile application with child safety at the forefront of the effort.

“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?” the FBI asks in its formal announcement of the app.

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.

According to the Bureau, users can quickly show the pictures and provide physical identifiers to authorities without wasting time. Additionally, a special tab on the app makes it so that users can also promptly e-mail the information to authorities should the need to do so arise.

“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,” the FBI says.

What’s more, mobile security advocates need not worry about the nature of the app, as the FBI confirms that it is not collecting or storing any photos or information entered in the app.

“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, the FBI encourages.