Mobile App Helps Find Missing Children

August 26, 2011

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

1. descriptive (adj.) [dih-skrip-tiv] – something that serves to describe something based on detailed facts
Example: He gave me a very descriptive story about his vacation.

2. access (v.) [ak-ses] – to make something available for use or contact or get from a storage device (as of information on a computer)
Example: Registration is required in order to access the website.

3. shortcut (n.) [shawrt-kuht] – a shorter or faster way to accomplish something
Example: Taking the shortcut saves time and energy.

4. transmit (v.) [trans-mit, tranz-] – to send or transfer from one person, place or thing to another
Example: Viruses can be transmitted through the air.

5. hesitant (adj.) [hez-i-tuhnt] – undecided or doubtful
Example: The company is hesitant about hiring inexperienced applicants.

Read the text below.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation  (FBI) has released its first mobile application that can help parents report their missing children.

The mobile application, called Child ID, allows parents to organize individual profiles of their children and include descriptive details in each profile, such as photos, height and weight. Parents can quickly access this information and use it as reference when they file a report to the police in emergencies.

The application also has shortcut buttons designed to easily transmit this information over the Internet. It features buttons which direct parents to emergency hotline 911 or the national missing children hotline.

For those hesitant about posting their family's private information, FBI explains that this information is transmitted to the FBI only when the reports are filed. The photos and other information are stored in the mobile device’s memory and not collected by the FBI.

Child ID is the FBI's first mobile application. It can be downloaded for free by iPhone and iPod Touch users. FBI plans to release other versions of Child ID for other phones.

Aside from the FBI, other U.S. government agencies have also released mobile device applications for Apple users. The Internal Revenue Service, the Office of Personnel Management, the State Department, the Transportation Security Administration and the White House all have applications listed in the U.S. government website. 

Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor. 

Discussion A

·         Is it necessary for government agencies to spend money on technology? Explain your answer.
·         What other technological innovations do you think should be used by the government?

Discussion B

·         What mobile applications do you think are unnecessary? Explain your answer.
·         If you were to come up with a mobile application, what would it be? Why?

August 26, 2011