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Thursday, August 25, 2011

FBI Launches Missing Child App For Parents

The FBI has created it’s first-ever app for parents.  KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid said it’s a very basic program in the event a child goes missing.

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You simply take a photo of your child and type in personal identifying information.  “You know, their gender, height, weight and any characteristics such as moles, scars anything like that and it stays on your phone.  It doesn’t go anywhere,” said Magid. In the unlikely event a child goes missing, Magid explains parents can easily send the app info to the FBI.

While the FBI app is a step in the right direction to protect kids in the horrific event a child does go missing, Child Quest International's (CQI) Child Safety Instructor, Anthony Gonzalez, cautions parents to "be careful not to get a false sense of security because you can only use the app after a child goes missing".  CQI strongly encourages prevention education as the foundation for your child's safety.  

You can hear Larry Magid Tech Report Monday through Friday at 3:50pm on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM.

[Source: KCBS/KPIX]

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