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.
“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.
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?