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New FBI app gives parents peace of mindAccording to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, nearly 800,000 children are reported missing in the United States each year. In order to help decrease that number, the FBI has released a new smartphone app to help parents who find...
It's a parent's worst nightmare having your child go missing. -If something were to happen, a parent could just open up that application and everything is right there within a touch. -That application is Child ID, new and free from the FBI. -So it's asking basic information, name, age, various physical characteristics, height, weight, anything that would help an investigator if your child is missing. -Besides storing your child's personal information, the App provides safety tips and emergency phone numbers. -It's meant to basically give the information quickly and in a simple form so there's no confusion. And that as soon as you process that, you can call the authorities if you need to. -The App is developed to update the older Child ID Kits in order to access more people and keep up with the changing technology. -This is the FBI's original Child ID Kit. A couple of things that it can do that the App can't, provide finger prints and a DNA swab. But the FBI says that aren't always necessary. -The basic things that we need immediately if somebody goes missing is a recent photo, physical descriptor, and what they are wearing. And the sooner we get it, the sooner law enforcement can look and find them. -You can download the FBI's Child ID App free from iTunes. Currently, it's only available for iPhones but we'll be coming to all smartphone platforms soon. In San Francisco, I'm Kara Tsuboi, cnet.com for CBS News.