Add the Alert

Just wanted to share with you all a new app that I just recently found out about.

It’s called Add the Alert, here’s what their website says:

Add the Alert is:

an app that for the first time creates an instant notification system for missing children with worldwide reach.

“Our proprietary technology is superb, but its real strength comes from its ability to link, inform and empower people to respond when called to action”

The app is available without charge at www.AddTheAlert.com.

Add The Alert enables law enforcement agencies to communicate more broadly, quickly and effectively whenever a child goes missing by triggering instant alerts and delivering information, images and video to the PCs and mobile devices of Alert Button users within 100 miles of a reported incident.

“When a child goes missing, time is critical and everyone that can possibly help must know,” said Robert Donnelli, CEO of the privately held Boloto Group, a 10-year-old technology solutions company. “This is serious technology for serious issues. As a free service, we are pleased to provide this much needed technology to registered agencies and the public in the event of an emergency.”

In the U.S. alone about 800,000 children are reported as missing each year, according to the Justice Department. That’s over 2,100 children per day, or on average more than one every minute. Most abductions occur during daylight hours and close to home.

“Our proprietary technology is superb, but its real strength comes from its ability to link, inform and empower people to respond when called to action,” Donnelli said. “As kids head back to school, we encourage everyone to make August Add-The-Alert month by downloading the Alert Button and sharing Add The Alert with family, friends and colleagues.”

Once users add the Alert Button to their browsers and smart phones, they become part of a world-wide community.

The Alert Button runs in the background and does nothing unless an Amber Alert is issued in that state or a missing child Alert is directly issued by a registered agency within 100-mile radius of the user’s computer or smart phone. Then, a small alert box appears on the screen. A single click displays the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s web page or a report with details directly from law enforcement which can include multiple images, video and satellite mapping of the missing child’s area.

“In many countries, there is no alert system. We saw the need and created the technology to address it,” said Donnelli. “Now we have the ability to deliver critical information anywhere instantly, whether South Dakota, South Africa or Siberia.”

Rosie O’Donnell recently featured Add The Alert on Rosie Radio. And in recent days, broadcasters in Los Angeles and in Australia have reported on Add The Alert.

AddTheAlert.com is endorsed by many organizations and child safety advocacy groups.

Leading child safety advocate Marc Klaas believes the Alert Button represents the best technology for the protection of children. “Instant notification in a community where a child goes missing has been needed desperately,” said Klaas, founder of the KlaasKids Foundation. “The Alert solves this need. The Alert will save children’s lives. Everyone must Add The Alert.”

I hope you all will join me in enabling this free alert on your computer.

Time and action by surrounding people is the key if and when a child does go missing. We must ALL work together to prevent anymore of our children’s innocent lives being lost.

WAKE UP PARENTS!! An Open Call to Parents, Foster Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Caregivers, Babysitters, School Administration, Churches, and Anyone Who Takes Care of Our Children!!

WAKE UP WORLD- !!

This is basically a distress call. It is addressed to ANYONE, ANYWHERE, WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CARE OF A CHILD.

Are you AWARE of what the child you are entrusted to care for is doing RIGHT THIS SECOND?

IF NOT- WHY???????????

If they are supposed to be outside playing, ARE THEY WHERE YOU TOLD THEM THEY COULD GO?

IF NOT, WHY AREN’T YOU OUT THERE LOOKING FOR THEM?????

If they are in the care of a babysitter, do you KNOW AND TRUST that babysitter?

If they are supposed to be at school, DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR SCHOOL’S POLICIES ARE ON ABSENTEEISM?

IS THAT POLICY BEING FOLLOWED CORRECTLY?

If they are supposed to be at a school function, a church function, lessons of some type, or any other activity that they are away from you, their guardian and sole providers, do you KNOW that they are all right?

Do you fully, 100% TRUST the person, or persons that they are with?

If you DON’T- then WHY is your child, or your children, with that person, or persons??

I know, some of you are sitting there reading this, thinking, this writer is full of crap. You’re thinking, there is NO way possible to KNOW exactly where your child is, what they are doing every second of every day. But- and I won’t be the first to say this, to you, and everyone else out there responsible for the care of a child, and I won’t be the last: SURE- YOU MAY BE RIGHT- YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO BE THERE 24-7, BUT: Even if you can NOT physically be there, all the time, to INSURE that your child is safe, you CAN take every possible precaution to HELP insure that child’s safety. AND IF YOU DON’T- THEN YOU ONLY HAVE YOURSELF TO BLAME IN THE LONG RUN.

These things include simple items like these:

Set up a code phrase with your child. This is an age-old trick that has, in the past, helped avoid tragedies. For instance, if your child knows this code phrase, he is LESS likely to willingly get into a vehicle of a stranger, he is LESS likely to be lured away holding some strangers hand. Only you, your child, and specific other caretakers should KNOW this phrase. In some cases, parents take the time to CHANGE the code phrase on a monthly, or yearly basis, to prevent anyone else from finding out, either accidentally, or by the child slipping up and letting it out to the wrong people.

This tip is from the Polly Klaas Foundation: The best thing about the “What If…” game is that you can adapt it to your own life situation, and you can play it with children of all ages. For example, when you walk into a grocery store with your child, you can ask, “What if you couldn’t find me, who would you ask for help?”Going through the exercise of actually choosing the right person to ask for help is an excellent way to establish brain patterns that can kick in if they are ever needed. Scientific research shows that our brains work by pattern recognition. When an extremely frightening situation happens, human brains sort through their database for a “script” of actions taken previously. The brain that has more “scripts” can respond more quickly than a brain that has to process never practiced information. That’s why schools hold fire drills. Each time the kids get out of the building in a safe orderly fashion during a fire drill, their brains remember what they did and why. Actually going through fire drill practice is much more effective than only being told where the exits are and what to do in case of an emergency.

If you are a teacher, a babysitter, a neighbor, a Sunday School teacher, a clerk at a convenience store that knows your regular customers, for crying out loud- KEEP YOUR EYES AND YOUR EARS OPEN! PAY ATTENTION!!!!!!!! If you SEE or HEAR anything from the children you are accustomed to seeing on a regular basis that you KNOW is not normal, DO SOMETHING about it! STOP SITTING ON YOUR DUFF AND ACTING LIKE YOU ARE DEAF, DUMB AND BLIND- TAKE THE RIGHT ACTION- YOUR ACTION OR PHONECALL MAY SAVE A LIFE!!!!! OR, AT THE VERY LEAST- HELP PREVENT ANOTHER DAY OF PAIN OR SUFFERING FOR AN INNOCENT, HELPLESS CHILD- !

In this world today, of lightening fast communication possibilities, there is simply NO EXCUSE for another child to go missing, or for another child to be abused, or for another child to be murdered. NO EXCUSE WHATSOEVER!! Perhaps it is time that we, as adults, finally wake up and realize that the children of today, no matter WHAT country they live in, are the FUTURE OF OUR WORLD. What is done to them, what memories they have to deal with, what pain they have to bear, or, if they are fortunate – the blessings and happiness they have to remember, is what is going to INFLUENCE their actions in the future! WE- as their caregivers in whatever form we take- are RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT! Do you REALLY want to sit back and keep your mouth shut, and let another idiot harm another child? It’s on your conscience if you do, YOU are the one who will have to live with it, knowing you DIDN’T do anything to help- IF DOING NOTHING is what you choose to do!!!!!

The single most important thing to do today, as in years and decades and centuries past- is simply to take the time to TEACH your children. TEACH them right from wrong, TEACH them what TO do and what NOT TO do, instill in them the knowledge that will ultimately keep them safe. A little common sense goes a LONG way, in today’s world, just as in yesterday’s world. Yes, times may be different, but the basic fundamentals of parenting, teaching, caring for our world’s children has never changed.

In this writer’s opinion, it’s not the basic everyday values that have changed, it is the number of people today that practice them. If we ALL make a concentrated effort to abide by the RIGHT things to do, (yes, this includes HAVING A CONSCIENCE), then there won’t BE anymore Caylee Anthony, Haleigh Cummings, Kyron Harmon, Skylar Newton cases. Together- WE can make this STOP.