Thanks to years of watching Lifetime movies, I am also now afraid that they will be stolen right from their beds and sold into slavery, or kidnapped from the park and I won't be reunited with them again for 15 years when they will hate me for the rest of their lives because they will have been told I didn't want them anymore. Or worse. They will never come home at all.
The scary thing is, some of those movies are based on true stories, and I have to choose to either forget that fact or go check on my children to make sure they're still safely sleeping in their beds when the movie is over. Realistically though, life can change in an instant. Children disappear every day. And it's scary. SO scary.
So what do you DO, if your child disappears? Thanks to the Amber Alert system, information can be passed around the country quickly. However, that information needs to come from you. I can only imagine that if my child were gone, I wouldn't be able to think straight about little things like scars, blood type, and more that could be very important. And that's where this app comes in...
By: Steven Nakhla
KidStatz has a free version as well, but it only holds enough data for one child. Still, you can look for it if you'd like to try it out before buying! :)
Start by hitting the "My Children" button and then it will take you to the next screen where you can click on the + sign on the bottom of the screen to add a child. (Not sure why they ended up in this order, I started with Kassidy and ended with Kellsey. There's no rhyme or reason to this order and it's driving me crazy! LOL) You can then add their basic information...
In the details tab you can add any identifying marks... scars, piercings, birthmarks, etc... each tab makes it more specific...
I, of course had a long list of scars for Kennedy! In the medical tab you can add any medical conditions and any medications your child is taking.. and finally you can add pictures. I am not sure how many pictures you can add, but I put two in of Kass and Kam and it took them both...
This is actually Kellsey's medical page, but I wanted to show the food allergies on here... that could be important if your child is missing, especially if your child has anaphylactic reactions.
If, for some reason, the worst should happen and your child disappears, you can go back to the first page of the app and click on "E-mail report". It will then take you to this page:
And it puts all your child's data directly into an email. You can also contact the police right from the app.
I emailed the report to myself and I was pretty impressed with what I got...
Below, you will find a child information report created by KidStatz. KidStatz is the premier application for the iPhone or iPod touch to allow parents to accurately track vital information about their children, in the event they become lost or are missing.
|Name: Kennedy Jean Garcia|
|Date of Birth: May 16, 2004||Gender: Female|
|Height: 3 ft. 0 in.||Weight: 35 lbs.|
|Hair Color: Brown||Glasses: Yes|
|Eye Color: Brown||Braces: No|
|Scar: Back (Scar on back of hip where bone was removed for spine fusion surgery. )|
|Scar: Forehead (Four small circular scars on forehead, two on each temple due to spine fusion surgery. )|
|Scar: Stomach (Surgical scar from duodenal web surgery. )|
|Scar: Finger (Right thumb from surgery from having an extra thumb removed. )|
|Scar: Chest (Multiple scars from Hickman lines from when she was going through chemotherapy. )|
|Scar: Neck (Scar down the center of the back of her neck due to spine fusion surgery. )|
|Scar: Scalp (Four small circular scars on the back of her head from spine fusion surgery. )|
|Name: Down syndrome||Severity:|
|NOTES: Can be hard to understand her, but just ask her to repeat herself. She can talk fairly well.|
|Name: Hypoglycemia||Severity: Mild|
|NOTES: If she goes long periods of time without food, she will become lethargic and her body will shut down. She needs to keep sugar and fluids in her system regularly.|
|Name: Atlanto-Occipital Instability||Severity: Moderate|
|NOTES: Had spine fusion surgery in 2008. Her neck is full of wire and titanium plates. She was fused from her occipital lobe to C3. She cannot jump on trampolines or do somersaults.|
|Name: Acute Myelogenous Leukemia||Severity: Mild|
|NOTES: In remission. Needs consistent medical care.|
|Name: Frank Garcia|
|Phone Number:||Relation: Father|
|Name: Renee Garcia|
|Phone Number:||Relation: Mother|
|Blood Type: Type B+|
This child information report was created by KidStatz. KidStatz is available now on iTunes for the iPhone or iPod Touch.
Copyright 2009 Steven Nakhla. All rights reserved.
That's a lot of information that emailed out quickly! No thinking involved on the part of the parent... just the click of a few buttons and the profile is emailed out to loved ones who can get the word out that your child is missing and people can be on the look out. That same info can go to the police station with your child's picture. If your child is missing, time is crucial and I think this app could totally help. Hopefully we'll never need to use it, but better safe than sorry... right?