Read this before sharing a post about a missing child on Facebook

Read this before sharing a post about a missing child on Facebook

First, please allow me to apologize for the click bait headline. Hopefully after you read what I post you’ll see that it was necessary.

Facebook has replaced the milk carton when it comes to disseminating information about a missing child. I’m sure many of us have shared the image of a missing child on Facebook hoping that our post will help find them, but are we doing more harm than good?

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police recently issued a warning to Facebook users that sharing a missing child post on Facebook may actually put the child in danger. According to the RCMP the child may be hiding for their own safety. By posting the image of a missing child we could be unwittingly returning a child into the hands of an abuser.

That’s not to say we should stop sharing all images of missing children on Facebook, however we should consider the source of the missing declarations. Much like the false accusations that have been posted on Facebook that have ruined people’s lives, a number of missing children posts come from unverified sources. Besides police and media sources, you can always check the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as they have an extensive database of a number of the country’s missing children.

When it comes to sharing information like this on Facebook we need to stop for a moment and use our heads instead of reacting purely from the heart. That moment could go a long way in keeping someone safe.

UPDATE: Something that I forgot to add, but a Facebook friend reminded me of, is that sometimes these missing child posts can be severely out of date as well. When something gets shared on Facebook, it can sometimes be reposted years after the original post. For example, while it’s not a missing child post, this Facebook post is still circulating two years after its original posting with people still believing it even though there are no sources to verify it.

RCMP wants craigslist to remove erotic services

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RCMP wants Craigslist to block erotic ads in Canada:

While craigslist is in day 4 of its self-imposed ‘censorship’ the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are pressuring craigslist to remove the erotic services section in Canada. As I’ve mentioned before while craigslist has gone from erotic services to adult services to the infamous black bar erotic services is still alive and kicking all over the world outside of the U.S.

How does the saying go? Think globally but act locally? Now is the time to really put that notion to use in order to try to stop child prostitution and human trafficking all over the world.

Ex-Mountie gets one day in jail

Former Mountie cops plea One day in jail for trying to lure underage girls using Internet:

A while ago I posted about former Canadian Mountie Adam Jonathan Clarke. He was arrested for trying to lure teen girls for sex over Nexopia. Last week he plead guilty to two counts of communicating to lure a child under age 18. What sentence did he receive? A day in jail.

I guess the Mounties always get their man but the courts set them free.

Mountie busted for luring kids online

Trial date set for cop:

A two-day trial has been set for the former Langley RCMP officer accused in attempting to lure children through the popular teen website, Nexopia.

Adam Johnathon Clarke will stand trial on two counts of child luring on June 21 and 22, 2007.

The 23-year-old former officer, who now lives in Newfoundland, was charged on May 19, 2006 after a three-month investigation.

Clarke had allegedly been using one of the Langley Community Police Office’s computers to access the Internet and browse the site.

The Integrated Internet Child Exploitation Unit (IICE) conducted the investigation in relation to viewing and possession of child pornography, and arrested him on June 5.

According to Cpl. Diane Blain, it is believed that there are two victims involved.

I guess in this case RCMP stands for Really Creepy Mangy Pedophile.

No disrespect intended to the real men and woman of the RMCP.