Help Facebook find missing kids! ‘Like’ your state’s Amber Alert!

You all know I am a big Facebook user, (It is truly the stay-at-home mom’s “friend”! Ugg! That was awful! Sorry!) and now I am excited to see that Facebook is using it’s power for GOOD!

Facebook has announced that it will carry Amber Alerts to help located missing and exploited children.

The Associated Press:

“NEW YORK — Amber Alerts, which have helped find 525 missing children since their start in 1996, are coming to Facebook.

Facebook users in the 50 U.S. states, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands can now sign up to receive Amber Alerts in their region. The bulletins will be sent to their Facebook pages the same way they see updates from friends or businesses they like. It’s further sign just how ubiquitous Facebook has become in people’s day-to-day communication.

The announcement was made Wednesday by Facebook, the Justice Department and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Thursday is the 15th anniversary of the kidnapping and murder of Amber Hagerman, the namesake for the program who was 9 years old when she was killed.

Online: http://www.facebook.com/AMBERalert”

I think using the social media for this purpose makes so much sense. You know the photos will get picked up and past around from the friend to friend and will get so much more exposure.

I just explored the link, and it seems like all you have to do is click on the link above and hit “Like” and I think then you will get updates on missing kids. (My only worry is: Is this going to depress me. You guys know I don’t like thinking about hurt children. But it’s an important thing to do!)

What do you guys think of Facebook’s participation with Amber Alert? Do you think social media can help find missing kids? Will you click on your state’s Amber Alert? Is it too depressing — kind of like getting the sex offender updates for your area?

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Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

January 14th, 2011
1:04 pm

Still not enough reason for me to subscribe to facebook. I checked it out for the first time at a friends house last weekend. I was over it in about 13 minutes.

I am glad however that the bastions of banality who are on FB have found something worthwhile to do on FB.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

January 14th, 2011
1:15 pm

“My only worry is: Is this going to depress me”

Wonder how I ever got the impression that FB is really just a platform for people to disguise their narcissism under the banner of “It’s not about me……I really use it to keep in touch with OTHERS”.

“My only worry is: Is this going to depress me……on second thought, I don’t think I will ‘friend’ the Amber Alert and participate in the one altruistic thing on facebook….might screw with me getting a good night’s sleep”

I’m telling you TWG…some of the stuff you write is just GOLD! ;-)

DMD

January 14th, 2011
1:21 pm

I think Amber Alert on Facebook is awesome. I also have got back in touch with soooo many old friends. I have 2 small children and would love to know that everything is being done to protect them if they get taken

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A

January 14th, 2011
1:30 pm

I’m with Tiger. You won’t find me on FB ever. I don’t need everyone knowing my business and what I’m doing and where I am. But I’m glad FB is doing something good.

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lakerat

January 14th, 2011
1:54 pm

I’m with Tiger, too, only I have never spent even 1 second on FB – but, I do wish I had invented it while I was in college so that I could have been worth $60 BILLION when I was 25 instead of where I am now (but, then again, electricity was not invented when I was in college)…

Techmom

January 14th, 2011
2:00 pm

I think it’s a good thing but I can definitely see how it will cause hysteria. At least they’ll be able to post updates when someone is found unlike those email chains that never go away.

Valstake

January 14th, 2011
2:57 pm

I’m not sure if it’s a good idea or not. It could easily lead to many false sightings and the arrests of innocent persons. I won’t look at it, but if others want to, go ahead. I hope it helps, but it might contribute to some parents paranoia concerning their children safety. It’s wise to ensure all children’s safety, but some will come close to locking their children up away from the world they’ll eventually have to live in.

madmommy

January 14th, 2011
3:02 pm

Glad to hear that it is being used for something good. You will not ever fnd me on facebook. Just picked up a book on strangers today for my daughter to start teaching her a step beyond what she has already been told about being out of mommy and daddy’s sight and what not. It helps to start teaching them as soon as possible and even practice with friends so they know what it will feel like in the moment.

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JJ

January 14th, 2011
3:37 pm

I’m a facebook junkie……I’m on it all day long. I love the games.

I have friends all over the world and it’s nice to be able to instantly communicate with them, for free!!!!

deidre_NC

January 14th, 2011
6:06 pm

i love facebook. i play games-stay in touch with friends from all over the world and in the states. a few of my friends have a sorta bible study thing we do. its just fun. i love it. now that school has started back my fb time will be limited. but so will other things i enjoy such as reading for pleasure and really (with 5 classes and no days off) i wont be doing anything but working and doing school work. dang. how depressing.:(

deidre_NC

January 14th, 2011
6:07 pm

on topic…i rarely like any page so im not sure. my privacy settings are very high….so im not sure ill do the amber alert thing or not. im sure some of my friends will and i will see them on their walls.

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A

January 15th, 2011
10:23 am

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catlady

January 17th, 2011
11:48 am

Don’t do FB.

the truth hurts

January 17th, 2011
4:25 pm

List of lame topics to avoid at all costs:

Cute things kids say
Interaction between kids and their grandparents
Pros and cons of pets
Whether or not to feed your kids organic food
How you did (or didn’t) switch cars after you started your family
How you act like your mother (or don’t).

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motherjanegoose

January 17th, 2011
8:49 pm

@ the truth hurts….One man’s truth is another man’s lies.

THIS IS ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITES:
Cute things kids say

I wish we would have time to do it!