How Does it Function?
This app has a simple interface and is very easy to navigate. There are four categories to choose from: Home, Emergency, Safety Tips and Checklists. When you first launch the app you will see a blue screen, in the upper right hand corner is a plus sign which allows you to input your child's information. In order to upload a picture you must take a new photo. There is no option to use a photo from your camera roll. At first I was annoyed by this, but then I realized they must do this because it forces you to keep an up to date photo at all times. Then I read on the FBI website that they will be adding the ability to use a photo from your camera roll in the near future. Next you must add your child's name, nickname, address, phone number, date of birth, gender, ethnicity, height, weight, hair color, eye color and whether their ears are pierced. Then there is an option to add identifying characteristics of your child, things such as, birthmarks, freckles etc. Lastly, is the guardian's information and any additional comments.
The emergency category allows a fast way to call 911 and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. I do not like this feature because if for some reason my child got a hold of my phone all they have to do is press the big red button and they have called 911. I would rather have had a link to the number or a pass code to open that category.
The safety tips category gives you 10 tips for keeping your child safe. They give tips such as, never allow your child to go to the bathroom in public unattended, and tell them not to accept items from strangers. My favorite tip was the link that they provided to the National Child identification Program where you can order a kit that will store your child's fingerprints, DNA sample and dental records. This is for parents that want to feel extra protected.
The last category is checklists, this is by far the most useful, hands on information you can have. They provide users with resources about what to do the first 24 hours, the second 24 hours and a variety of additional links and resources to help you if your child goes missing.