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Facebook Will Now Show AMBER Alerts on Your News Feed

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Facebook AMBER Alerts screenshotYour texts aren’t the only place AMBER Alerts will now appear.

Today, Facebook announced their partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to provide alerts about missing children on your news feed (mobile and desktop). An official Facebook press release notes:

When local or state police determine that a case qualifies for an AMBER Alert, the alert is issued by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and distributed through the Facebook system with any available information, including a photograph of the missing child, a license plate number, the name and description of the child, and suspected abductor.

Law enforcement determines the range of the target area for each alert. The number of alerts people will see depends on how many alerts are issued in their area — some people may see a few each year and many people will likely get no alerts at all. The alerts will appear in News Feed, but will not trigger any notifications to a person’s phone.

AMBER is an acronym for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response, and the alerts were created in honor of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, who was kidnapped and killed over a decade ago.

With the rise in social sharing, this partnership (the first with a social media site) will ensure that more people will notice and look out for missing children. More than 720 kids are recovered each year because of AMBER alerts, some who have been found because of shared posts on Facebook.

Sherry Huang is a Features Editor for Parents.com who covers baby-related content. She loves collecting children’s picture books and has an undeniable love for cookies of all kinds. Her spirit animal would be Beyoncé Pad Thai. Follow her on Twitter @sherendipitea

Image: Screenshot of a Facebook AMBER Alert courtesy of Facebook

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Family Dog Keeps Missing Child Safe

Monday, May 12th, 2014

A 3-year-old dog came to the rescue of a boy of the same age this week in a remarkable story out of North Dakota.  More from Valley News Live:

A three-year-old boy is home safe after a seven-hour search and a happy ending. When rescuers had nearly given up, the family pet held on.

Carson Urness and his golden retriever/german shepherd mix went missing from the Cooperstown, North Dakota family farm around 7:30 Monday night. Between a three-year-old boy and a three-year-old dog, Carson’s mom, Courtney, rarely hears silence on the farm. But, it was a silence so awful she had to call for help.

Courtney says about 200 people showed up from surrounding areas more than 20 miles away to help with the search for Carson and Cooper, the dog.

“ATVs, horses, and more footwalkers showed up,” Sheriff Robert Hook said of the volunteers from nearby law enforcement. “Even the neighbors, business owners and bankers. They just came out and thought they needed to help.”

Combing about 2,000 acres of land, aircraft scanned overhead, horses took to the pastures, but there was no sign of the boy and the dog.”As the night went on, there got to be a little more moisture in the air and at about 2:00 in the morning the rain was coming down and we were at the point to send the footwalkers home. There was nothing more for them to do,” Hook said.

Parents, Courtney and Brock, were heartbroken at the thought of calling the search off. Right as search crews thought they were about to give up, they found out someone else wasn’t going to.

“Pat (one volunteer) went over the hill and shot his headlights and Cooper stood up just enough to let him know he was there,” Courtney said with tears in her eyes.

A mile from home, Cooper refused to leave Carson’s side. While hundreds searched for them, Carson lay underneath his dog, as Cooper kept the boy dry and warm.

An ATV picked Carson up and Cooper followed the machine all the way back to the house.

“The dog and him are buddies,” Hook said. “They got themselves in a little bit of trouble last night.”

Learn how you can keep your toddler safe at home with our easy-to-follow guidelines.

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Search Expands for Missing 20-Month-Old Maine Girl

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Ayla Reynolds, a 20-month-old girl who was reported missing Friday when she disappeared from her home in Waterville, Maine, is the subject of an expanded search by local authorities and the FBI, CNN.com reports:

Ayla Reynolds was last seen Friday night by her father when he put her down for bed, Waterville, Maine, Police Chief Joseph Massey said. Ayla’s father later reported her missing.

“We’ll leave no stone unturned,” Massey told reporters Tuesday. “I’m not going to speculate on whether she’s alive, or when she’ll come home.”

He said police have around 75 officers working on the case and have received over 100 tips in a joint probe with the FBI, who is leading the expansion of the case.

The infant is described as having blond hair, being approximately 2 feet, 9 inches tall and weighing 30 pounds.

She was last seen wearing green pajamas with white polka dots and the words “Daddy’s Princess” across the front.

Ayla’s family is cooperating and police do not have anyone connected to the case in custody, Massey reiterated.

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FBI Launches Free App to Track Missing Children

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has launched an app–free and available from iTunes–designed to help parents keep their children safe, and to track them in case they suddenly go missing.  It is the first mobile application launched by the Bureau.  The app is currently compatible only with iPhones, the FBI’s website said, though plans are in the works to launch versions that will work on other mobile devices in the near future.

The Child ID App invites parents to store a recent photo of their child plus important information like the child’s height and weight, that can be used to help authorities look for the child if they are missing.  The FBI said in a press release:

You can show the pictures and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers on the spot. Using a special tab on the app, you can also quickly and easily e-mail the information to authorities with a few clicks.

The app also includes tips on keeping children safe as well as specific guidance on what to do in those first few crucial hours after a child goes missing.

The FBI says a child goes missing every 40 seconds in America.

(image via: http://www.fbi.gov)

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