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Chicago FBI to visit NIU football game tonight to promote new app to locate missing children

November 15, 2011

Photo of a hand holding a mobile phone displaying the FBI's Child ID AppThe FBI has a new tool to help locate missing children.

The Child ID App is the FBI’s first mobile application for smart phones. It makes a parent’s iPhone a convenient place to electronically store photos and vital information on their children so that it is literally right at your fingertips if ever needed.

A parent can show the pictures and provide physical identifiers, such as height and weight, to security personnel or police officers on the spot. Using a special tab on the app, parents also can quickly and easily email the information to authorities with just a few clicks.

The FBI has partnered with the American Football Coaches Association to make the public aware of this new tool.

Several members from the FBI’s Chicago office will be in DeKalb at tonight’s NIU Huskies football game to show the public how this app works and help download it from iTunes.

The Child ID 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.

For parents who do not have iPhones, paper Child ID kits will be available during the fourth quarter of the game.

Right now, the app is only available for iPhones. A Droid-compatible app is scheduled to be available in early January.

Call (312) 421-6700 or email [email protected] for more information.