Global Missing Children Channel Launched
Friday, August 10, 2007
Read the press release.
Nearly 800,000 children are reported missing each year in the United States alone1. Thankfully the vast majority of these childrenare recovered quickly. However, worldwide the problem is even larger. That’s why the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), in partnership with Google’s YouTube and The Find Madeleine Campaign, launched a new YouTube missing children’s channel.
The new Internet channel— www.youtube.com/DontYouForgetAboutMe — shows videos of missing children from around the world. It will also feature safety and educational materials in several languages and messages from dignitaries and soccer star David Beckham.
The timing of the announcement coincides with the 100th day that 4-year-old Madeleine McCann has been missing. The channel’s headline banner, “Don’t You Forget About Me,” is named after the hit song by the Scottish rock group “Simple Minds,” and is featured in Madeleine’s video. Madeleine disappeared on May 3, 2007 while on a family vacation in Portugal.
Anyone with information about a missing child featured on the website will be directed to contact the appropriate law enforcement agency.
Instructions and criteria for submitting a video
1[Andrea J. Sedlak, David Finkelhor, Heather Hammer, and Dana J. Schultz. U.S. Department of Justice. "National Estimates of Missing Children: An Overview" in National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children. Washington, DC: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, October 2002, page 5.]