RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
Ahead of the summer season, the FBI is hoping to get more parents to download its Child ID app that they say could be a crucial tool if a child goes missing.
The app lets you add your children's pictures, names, and much more. Within a few clicks, all that information can be sent to authorities if your child goes missing, posters can be created and the info can be passed along to the national center for missing and exploited children..
Special Agent Jim Melia says it's changed their investigations and made it much easier to get the info the need right away.
"Height, weight, disabilities, scars, marks, that kind of thing… having that all in one spot is really helpful,"
"Phones are so relevant in our society today that I think it's a great idea," says parent Michael Cunningham. "God forbid one of our kids were to go missing that any little thing to give you a little bit of peace of mind is really important."
The FBI says it also gets a lot of the information they need out of the way, which can sometimes be difficult to get when dealing with frantic parents.
Melia says while he encourages parents to download the app, he hopes parents never need to use it.
"My advice to parents is to know where your kids are and if you have your children in groups of two or more that really can cut down on the possibility that something is going to happen to your child."