Lost child prompts father to design smartphone app

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A father who briefly lost his daughter in a Cornish supermarket has designed a smartphone app to locate children if they go missing.

Darren Fern, of Truro, said he created Lost Kidz after feeling "completely helpless" when he lost his child.

The app enables parents to send an alert to other families in the area with a photo and information about their missing son or daughter.

Lost Kidz will launch on 25 May, International Missing Persons Day.

Mr Fern said: "I lost my daughter in a supermarket and just felt completely helpless, not knowing whether to run to the car park to block people going out or run up and down the aisles.

Sending an alert

"I talked to my brothers and they'd had similar experiences and we thought we could develop an app and use technology and harness all the great good in the people out there."

Mr Fern said the app worked by identifying other users in the surrounding area and sending them an alert with an image and information about the missing child.

App subscribers would also receive the contact details of the parent to verify that they were the child's guardian.

Mr Fern added: "If the app is on someone's phone who wants to harm children, it works by identifying where those people are within an area and we've got the contact details of everybody who's received an alert."

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