Early 2007, the pilot scheme for the issue of ‘Kids-ID’, the new Belgian electronic identity document for children under 12 was successful from the start, especially as Belgium has seen some tragedies in terms of pedophilia and child abductions.
Like the e-ID, the Belgian national identity card, Kids-ID contains both visible and invisible information securely stored. Kids-ID is the same size as a credit card and currently combines three functions:
When someone finds a child in danger, they can call the emergency number. This person is then prompted to enter the 11 digits of the child’s national register number and is then automatically connected to the first number in the list (usually one of the parents or another trustworthy person). If nobody answers, the caller is automatically redirected to the second number in the list, and so on. If none of the seven numbers answers, the call is redirected to Child Focus, a Belgian foundation for child assistance, open 24/7, which can be helped by the national police force if required.
Using the integrated PIN code, children may also use the kids-ID to surf and chat safely on websites that require ID.
Highly secure and not easily copied, these cards offer endless possibilities. In the near future, they may be used as library cards, sports membership cards or social security cards.
emergency call system can only be used if your child is carrying
the kids-ID on them. If the child’s smart card is “safely”
stored in a drawer at home or in mum’s purse, the system will
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