Gadget to help find lost children is a winner with schools

Children at Leechpool Primary School with ICEcode tags
Children at Leechpool Primary School with ICEcode tags
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A Horsham businessman has won support from schools for a new invention to help if children go astray.

As co-founder of ICEcodes, Simon King has helped create an anonymous and safe way to reunite children with parents, carers or teachers using clip-on tags which can be scanned by a smart phone.

Simon King's new business Ice Codes. Pictured with his children L to R Daniel 11, Max 6 and Fred 9. Photo by Derek Martin

Simon King's new business Ice Codes. Pictured with his children L to R Daniel 11, Max 6 and Fred 9. Photo by Derek Martin

The ICEcode tags display unique images called QRT codes, which when scanned by a phone reveal a telephone number for the person looking after the lost child.

Alternatively, on the back on the tag there is a number to call the company’s Found Child database.

Leechpool Primary School and St Roberts CofE P{rimary in Lambs Farm Road Horsham have already bought some. Mr King said: “During the school summer holidays, thousands of parents across Britain will enjoy days out with their kids and this year the figures are set to rise dramatically as growing numbers of families want to attend the various Olympic events.

“Alarmingly though, many of these children may become separated from their parents and carrying a visible mean of identification is the first step in ensuring their quick and safe return.”

ICEcodes are priced at £11.95 for two, £25.95 for five. There are multipacks available for schools and youth groups. For more information go to www.icecodes.co.uk