Last Friday marked National Missing Children’s Day in the United States. It is a parent’s worst nightmare to look up and realize that their child is missing, but unfortunately thousands of children go missing each year. Preventative safety measures are recommended: always keep an eye on your little one and be sure to teach them about “stranger danger.” I recommend the Safe Side videos by John Walsh and Julie Clark at www.thesafeside.com. But, in case of the worst case scenario, the FBI has designed a smartphone app to help parents provide authorities with vital information in the event of an emergency.
The FBI’s Child ID App works as a more advanced Ident-A-Kid card. Parents can store current photos and vital information like height and weight on their iPhone or android. This information is then readily available to be shared with authorities at the touch of a fingertip. The app also provides safety tips for parents and specific guidelines on what to do in the crucial first few hours after a child goes missing. Read more about the app at www.fbi.gov and take your child’s safety into your own hands.
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