This morning, the Missing Children’s Network commemorated International Missing Children’s Day by holding a press conference at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School where the organization proudly announced the creation of SIGN4L, an application that can save the life of a child. The development of this app was made possible thanks to a generous grant by TELUS.
As of today, SIGN4L is available free of charge on most Apple and Android smartphones as well as tablets and allows users to store up-to-date photos and vital physical descriptions of their child which they can then instantly email or text to the relevant authorities, allowing them to save time in the event of an emergency. The information that will be saved by parents on their child is not stored in any database. Only parents or guardians will be able to access their children’s data sheet.
Parents can also rely on the reminder function, which varies according to the age of the child, allowing them to update their child’s profile at any time in the application. SIGN4L also includes safety tips for children as well as the 4 crucial steps to follow in the moments following the disappearance of a child.
“In the event that a child gets lost in a public area, on their way home or, possibly even disappearing altogether, a complete and up-to-date description of the child can save valuable time and will allow police forces to respond more quickly in initiating searches for the missing child.” says Pina Arcamone, Director General of the Missing Children’s Network. “The financial support of the TELUS Montreal Community Board has allowed us to update an important tool that can help us save a child’s life.”
The launch of SIGN4L is enthusiastically received by the police community in Quebec. The spokesman for Montreal Police and member of the Working Committee for Missing Children and Runaway Youth, Commander Patrick Lavallée said: “The SPVM welcomes any initiative that allows parents to act quickly when a child goes missing or runs away.” The Commander reiterated some important safety tips, such as the importance for parents to be familiar with the network of parents of their child’s friends and to have their contact information.
Isabelle Huot, Chair of the TELUS Montreal Community Board and owner of Kilo Solution, reiterated the importance of supporting the creation of such a tool: “The user-friendly SIGN4L application allows parents to react quickly if their child goes missing. This is a concrete example of how technology can now be used to help families.”
Also commemorating this special day were more than 4,300 preschoolers who walked in honour of missing children. This Second Edition of our Tiny Tots Walk for Hope brought together over 50 child care facilities across the province. It was held to remind families that their missing children will never be forgotten. Thanks to the generous support of Groupe Jean Coutu, the Missing Children’s Network was able to give all the participants a copy of their latest publication Juliette and Jacob Stay Safe, a fun and engaging activity book that is designed to help parents foster their preschoolers’ safety competence.
Finally, in an unprecedented show of solidarity, Montreal City Hall will be illuminated in green to mark National Missing Children’s Day.
To download SIGN4L:
Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ong.reseauenfantsretour.sign4l
About – International Missing Children’s Day
Missing Children’s Day was first recognized by former President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, on May 25, 1983. May 25th is the date that six-year-old Etan Patz disappeared from a New York City street corner on his way to school. Etan’s case remains one of the thousands of unsolved missing children’s cases and serves as an annual reminder of our responsibilities to ensure the well-being and safety of our children. In 1986, the Solicitor General of Canada declared May 25th to be National Missing Children’s Day in Canada.