May 2015 - The FBI is announcing a reboot of its popular Child ID App, which provides parents with an easy way to electronically store their children’s pictures and vital information to have on hand in case their kids go missing.
The application, which works on most Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, allows users to store up-to-date images and physical descriptions—like height, weight, birthmarks, etc.—that could help responders in the event of an emergency. The information is stored only on your device—not with your mobile provider or the FBI.
The latest version of the Child ID App contains updated features, including high-resolution image capability, a default recipient field (where you can enter your local police department’s e-mail address, for example), and optional automatic reminders to update your children’s profiles.
Current users of the Child ID App are encouraged to download the latest version for improved performance and capabilities. Please note that if you had been using an older version of the app (prior to 2.0), you will need to re-enter all relevant information after installing the update.
The app has been downloaded more than 250,000 times since it was released, first on iTunes in 2011 and then for the Android operating system in 2012. The current version, released in April, has been downloaded more than 50,000 times onto devices around the world.
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.
Downlad the iOS (APPLE) version by clicking here
Download the Android version by clicking here
Make Time to Talk about Child Safety
25 Minutes: The Time it Takes to Teach Children About Safety
In honor of National Missing Children’s Day on May 25, the Emergency Response Consulting Group and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) encourages you to take 25 minutes to help make children safer.
Developed seven years ago to spread awareness of the issues surrounding missing and exploited children beyond National Missing Children’s Day, the Take 25 Campaign encourages parents and guardians, educators, law-enforcement officers, and other trusted adults to take 25 minutes to talk to children about safety.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children wants you to take 25 minutes to talk to your child about safety—the same amount of time it takes to watch a favorite TV show. It could save a child’s life. In the seven years since it began, NCMEC’s “Take 25” campaign has spread to thousands of communities across the United States, 150 countries and the Internet through social media. The campaign was created to coincide with National Missing Children’s Day, which is May 25.
That was the day, in 1979, when 6-year-old Etan Patz was abducted from a New York street on his way to school, the first time he was allowed to walk to the bus stop alone. A suspect was recently charged with kidnapping and murdering him—more than three decades later. At the time Etan vanished, there was no coordinated national system for addressing missing children cases. His case, and that of 6-year-old Adam Walsh, who was abducted from a Florida mall and murdered in 1981, helped launch a national movement that led to the Missing Children’s Act in 1982 and the creation of NCMEC in 1984.
Today, up to 2,000 children go missing every day. Most are recovered quickly, but there are many who never return home. As the nation’s leading nonprofit working with law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them on issues of missing and exploited children, NCMEC has learned a lot about how to keep children safer in the real world and on the internet. Since 2005 to January 2013, for example, NCMEC employees have analyzed 8,000 confirmed attempted abductions, showing that many children escaped harm by taking some kind of action. Most suspects were driving a vehicle. Nearly a third targeted children going to and from school or school-related activities between 2 P.M. and 7 P.M. Nearly half of the children escaped by walking or running away without any contact. One third were proactive: yelling, kicking, screaming or pulling away.
This month, NCMEC is honoring a 10-year-old Philadelphia girl who fought off a man who tried to abduct her last July as she walked down a street near her home, holding her two-year-old brother’s hand. A surveillance videotape showed how fast it can happen: The man grabbed her from behind, put his hand on her mouth and lifted her in the air. She struggled mightily and her little brother screamed as loud as he could. The man dropped her and ran. He was later arrested.
As part of the Take 25 campaign, NCMEC provides families and communities with free tools and resources, in multiple languages, to host events and initiate an on-going dialogue with children, including conversation starters and important safety tips. Because of its popularity, NCMEC has expanded the May campaign from April 1 to June 15. Events to raise awareness about the importance of talking to children about safety are held in a variety of venues, including community centers, military installations, sport complexes, retail locations, houses of worship, schools and libraries. You can also find important safety information at NCMEC’s websites, www.missingkids.com and www.netsmartz.org
FBI Releases New Cyber Safety Website for Teachers, Students: Safe Online Surfing Challenge
It’s that time of year again. Students have returned to class...but along with books and pens, many will be utilizing tablets, laptops, and computers. Kids today are more computer savvy than ever—and the 2013-2014 FBI Safe Online Surfing (FBI-SOS) Internet Challenge aims to keep their cyber safety skills just as cutting edge as they are.
The SOS website is free and is designed for students from the third to eighth grades. Each grade has its own age-appropriate “island” where students learn key cyber security concepts through interactive content and games. The topics—designed to meet state and federal Internet safety mandates—include cyber bullying, how to protect personal information, online predators, instant messaging, copyright and fair use, reporting, social networking, cell phone safety, and gaming safety. The program is open to public and private schools and is designed to meet state and federal Internet safety mandates.
The goal of the program is to provide students with knowledge about how to avoid dangerous situations on the Internet, specifically, Internet predators. Each month, students from registered schools learn about Internet safety as they participate in online games and activities. Upon completion, the students take an online quiz to test their knowledge. At the end of each month, three trophies (one for each school size category) are awarded to the schools with the highest scoring students on the FBI-SOS post-quiz.
Teachers who wish to participate in the Internet Challenge can sign up at https://sos.fbi.gov and enroll their classes by grade. Students receive an electronic token (pass code) from their teacher that enables them to take an exam for their respective grade-level. The tests are graded electronically, and the schools (not individual classes) are ranked on a national leader board that is posted online. At the end of each rating period, winning schools in small, medium, and large categories are recognized by the FBI and, when possible, are visited by an FBI agent from the local field office.
NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates.
Educate children on how to recognize potential Internet risks
Engage children and adults in a two-way conversation about on- and offline risks
Empower children to help prevent themselves from being exploited and to report victimization to a trusted adult