All Sides: Missing Children

Topic: A recent investigative report examined the influence of missing children posters. The crew produced a fake missing child poster, then positioned a young child (actor) nearby, to see if anyone would notice and take action. The report concluded that most people do not pay attention to missing child posters.

Poster? What Poster?

by Tuppence “Penny” Piazza

Missing child posters are as useless today as they were the day they were thought up. No one pays attention to anything anymore, they are so wrapped up in texting or tweeting or any number of things available through mobile devices, solely designed to produce as little actual face-to-face contact in a day as possible.

The only place I have actually seen the posters prominently displayed is in the Post Office. Stores and other places tuck them away, saving any available wall space for advertising, and otherwise trying to make you spend more of your hard-earned money on their useless junk.

Plus, the ones that are up in the Post Office are mostly of kids that have been missing forever. I’m sorry, but I’m not going to be out looking for some 38-year-old dude who was abducted when he was six.

Next, who actually goes to the Post Office (or anywhere) to look at signs?! Listen, I’m there to mail some letters, maybe pick up a package, probably get disrespected by the dumb-ass workers there… and then I’ll move on with my day. I’m just not interested in getting side-tracked, or wasting my time on this horseshit.

The other thing is this: if we get people all worked up and scared into thinking every child they see might have been kidnapped, we’re going to have people calling the police constantly with false reports!

I don’t know about you, but I’m not going to get stabbed by some on-the-edge parent who gets pissed when I tell him his brat looks a lot like some missing kid in a poster. It’s not worth it!

Keep the Alerts Coming

by Angelina Estevante

I’ll admit that I don’t usually look at missing child posters, but I do pay attention every time there is an Amber Alert (I get them sent to my cell phone), a highway sign, an ad about missing kids, videos (like the old Soul Asylum one), commercials… and I even log on to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website, just to see if I might have seen anyone.

These kids need our help, and we should be there to deliver it. They aren’t a distraction, or something to just shake your head and say “That’s so sad.” What if it was your kid? Wouldn’t you want all the help you could get to bring them back safely home?

Don’t expect someone else to do something, or just shrug your shoulders and walk away. And who cares if you ‘offend’ someone, or if you make a mistake? It’s no big deal. Just apologize and that’s it. It’s better than not saying anything, and then seeing that kid has been murdered or something, and you could have stopped it from happening.

I just think we all need to pay better attention, to stay up-to-date on the news, and just look out for one another, you know? We’re all in this together, after all.

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