SMS Kids Check-In System

This article on using cell phones as plane tickets got me thinking. Would it be useful to allow parents to somehow use their cell phones to check-in their children to kids programs at church?

Could a parent send an SMS message to the church as they’re arriving to somehow speed up or simplify the process? When they show up at the check-in area, the volunteers or whatever could have preprinted name tags and labels for the kid.

Then that same cell phone could be used as a contact method for the parent in an emergency. If a parent needs to be contacted, why not send a text message to the parent’s cell phone that they registered the child with?

It’d take some work to make it easy, but why not consider it? Doesn’t most everyone carry a cell phone anyway?

What do you think?

One thought on “SMS Kids Check-In System”

  1. I like this idea however there are two concerns that I have with it. One, not everyone has a cell phone (or maybe that’s just me, ha-ha). Two, when I did have a cell phone I turned it off regularly when I didn’t want an event (movie, sermon, dinning out, etc…) interrupted.

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