Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Finding Missing Children

Share Light #9 is Finding Missing Children Via Facebook and Twitter.

In January, 2011 the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children began using Facebook pages to help spread the word about Missing Children. According to Social Media Today, "NCMEC partnered with the Justice Department to launch Facebook pages where users can link to local Amber Alerts (Source)." Facebook was also a partner in this project being established (Source).

There is now a Facebook page for all 50 states in the United States and for the locations of the Virgin Islands, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.  The helpful thing about these pages is that instead of a person subscribing to the Amber Alert page for the entire country and receiving many alerts that are not applicable, the social media user can sign up to exclusively receive alerts from their home state or nearby states. To find out more about this program vist the centralized Facebook page explaining this program

For Twitter enthusiasts there is also a Twitter page to announce new alerts @ourmissingkids.  While the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children project is the most visible national effort for the entire United States, there are also many Facebook pages that are set up by loved ones for specific missing persons, as well as other organizations or people who are making their own version of this strategy on social media.

For more information on this strategy led by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to leverage social media to find missing children visit these online articles.
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