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iPhone app helps find lost children
[August 13, 2011]

iPhone app helps find lost children

LAS CRUCES, Aug 13, 2011 (Las Cruces Sun-News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- A free iPhone application from the FBI is being offered to New Mexico parents in case their children become lost.

Child ID -- the first mobile application created by the FBI -- provides a convenient place to electronically store photos and vital information about one's children so that it's at hand if needed. A parent 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.

The FBI is working to publicize the app with the American Football Coaches Association, which is producing a public service announcement about the app and will spread the word at various football games during the upcoming season.

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 the FBI plans to expand this tool to other types of mobile devices in the near future. The FBI will also be adding new features -- including the ability to upload other photos stored on your smart phone -- in the coming weeks and months To see more of the Las Cruces Sun-News, or to subscribe to the newspaper, go to Copyright (c) 2011, Las Cruces Sun-News, N.M.

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