FBI reminds parents of app that can help keep track of kids

Posted at 6:15 PM, Aug 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-22 20:15:37-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- As children head back to school, the FBI Salt Lake City Field Office reminds parents of a tool to help keep their kids safe.

The FBI developed the Child ID app, which provides a way for parents and guardians to keep their child’s pictures and physical descriptors in one accessible place in case of an emergency.

“An unfortunate reality is that every year, thousands of children go missing,” according a press release from FBI Salt Lake City Division. “In cases where an abduction is suspected, the FBI works with our local partners in the investigation and speedy recovery of the missing child.”

In the event that a child does goes missing, Child ID app, allows parents to email photos and vital information to authorities instantly.

The information is stored only on the user’s device, not with the mobile provider or the FBI.

The app works on most Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. The app also includes safety tips for parents to keep their kids out of danger, as well as specific guidance on what to do in those first critical hours a child goes missing.

The app can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store or Play Store.