Every year, thousands of children go missing. The FBI’s Child ID App can help.
This free app provides a convenient place to electronically store photos and vital information about your children so that it’s all at hand if you need it. You can show the pictures and provide physical identifiers like 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 just a few clicks.
The app includes tips on keeping children safe, as well as specific guidance on what to do in the first 48 crucial hours after a child goes missing. Links to additional resources for families and victims are also provided.
Please be assured that no information on your child will be collected or stored by the FBI unless you provide it during an emergency.
Warning: If you downloaded an earlier version of the FBI Child ID app (all versions released prior to 2015), any photos and/or information you previously entered will be lost when installing this update.
Child ID Highlights:
- Include a default e-mail address for your local police department.
- Auto-populate addresses and phone numbers across profiles.
- Add photos for identifying characteristics (birthmarks, scars, etc.).
- Set and send your phone’s location as your child’s last known location.
- iPhone/iPad/iPod compatible
Organize Your Child’s Information
- Create as many child profiles as you need.
- Use your phone camera and photo library to take and upload photos of each child.
- Add and update key identifying information.
Know What To Do
- Get safety tips on keeping your child out of harm’s way.
- Learn what to do in first few critical hours after a child goes missing.
- Visit additional links with resources for families and victims.
Get Information to Authorities in an Emergency
- Quickly call 911 or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
- E-mail your child’s pictures and information to authorities.
- Show identifying information to security or law enforcement officers on the spot.
- Bug Fix
Ratings and Reviews
A voiceprint would be a nice addition.
The concept is good but the execution is amateurish. This app seems to have been designed by a committee of people who have never seen an iPhone. The app was not designed with data normalization in mind. There are too many ways by which a parent can enter information wrong because the app puts no constraints on data entry. Examples are birthdays can be numeric or alpha (MDY, DMY, YMD or whatever else you happen to tap in the field). Names are not in the "First M Last" format, guardian fields just say "Name". Addresses are just as undefined as names are, no field for "county", you need to enter the address multiple times. The guardian's address is just one field etc. etc.
Additionally, you can't add photos of identifying marks or the child's face in profile. The fields for things like hair and eye color or ethnicity don't have the standard names used by law enforcement, that would make it easier for them to do their job etc.
I don't think enough thought went into designing the app, but I hope somebody in the agency takes all the recommendations in the reviews and turns around an updated and improved app very soon.
Other poorly executed design elements include input fields that are blocked by the keyboard, and the option to add a child's photo only gives you the option to use a photo you snap at that moment, you can't use one already on your phone...ridiculous.
It's been over a month and no updates yet to take care of the glaring flubs in the app.
Updates have been made!
I read the reviews and almost didn't install this. First off, any way a parent can consolidate all their children's info into one place that is obviously handy is a 5 for me.
There are now fields that address specific characteristics as well as a comment field.
It may seem elementary, however, in an emergency situation, that is what we resort to. Something simple is what is needed. Something that can easily be communicated with the critical information at your fingertips.
If nothing else, it encourages you to take a recent photo. I haven't looked too far into this, but I am assuming that you can take updated pictures of the child. Which as stated by authorities is one of thee most important things needed to help locate your child.
One update I would like to see, is an option to set a reminder to update your child's photo throughout the year. We all lead busy lives, and download many apps...this one is important and should have a reminder.
As far as kids playing on our iPhones...yes they do, but just tuck this app into "Mommy's" folder...not on the little ones game page!! Problem solved!
Thanks for creating an app that will help us help you!
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- 18.9 MB
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2017 Federal Bureau of Investigation
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.