FBI offering free app to help parents if child is abducted

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The FBI says thousands of children go missing every year. The FBI is offering a free app that parents can download on a smart phone to be able to act swiftly in the event their child is abducted.

The app isn’t new, but a lot of people don’t know about the app, called the FBI Child I.D. app.

WIAT 42 News checked it out and downloaded it. Parents are able to store pictures and vital information about their children: name, weight, height and recent pictures,

It works for every parent’s child. The app also has a local 911 and a direct line for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

It also contains tips for what a parents should do in the first 24 hours and the second 24 hours of an abduction.

Timing is critical when a child is abducted. Knowing what to do and being able to do it swiftly is something anyone caring for a child should be aware of before they are in that situation.

To see the FBI’s information called Parents Guide to Internet Safety, click here.

To see the FBI’s violent crimes against children section, click here.

Copyright 2014 WIAT 42 News.

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