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'Social media is powerful' - Gerry McCann

Post  bb1 on Thu Oct 09, 2014 11:47 am

http://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2014/10/08/social-media-is-powerful-mccann/

Social media is powerful - McCann
The father of Madeleine McCann said social media is "powerful" and should be used to "improve the world" a s he backed a national alert system to help find missing children.



Kate and Gerry McCann, parents of missing girl Madeleine McCann arrive at the Mondrian London hotel to attend a function in aid of promoting Child Rescue Alert.

Gerry and Kate McCann, whose three-year-old daughter disappeared during a family holiday to Portugal in 2007, joined the parents of murdered schoolgirl April Jones to raise funds for the Child Rescue Alert with the charity Missing People.

It comes after an inquest was opened yesterday into the death of Brenda Leyland, whose body was found in a hotel room two days after she featured in a Sky News report exposing internet "trolling" of the McCanns.

Mr McCann declined to comment but said social media was an important tool for the Child Rescue Alert, a UK-wide system which uses email, text messages and websites including Twitter to try to secure the safe return of missing children.

Speaking at the Mondrian hotel in central London, Mr McCann said: "The key thing about social media is it's powerful. This is a way of using it to do good. That's what we should be using these powerful technologies for - to try and improve the world.

Asked whether they felt it was right for the media to identify internet trolls, Mr McCann replied: "I don't really want to talk about trolls, we're here very much to talk about child rescue."

Coral and Paul Jones called on Twitter and Facebook to do more to tackle internet trolls after they received "horrible" abuse online following the death of their five-year-old daughter who was kidnapped and murdered in October 2012.

Asked whether they had sympathy with Madeleine's parents who have previously voiced concerns about online abuse, Mrs Jones said: "We've had some ourselves and it took to going in the press and on the news to get it taken off.

"It is horrible, the people that do it."

Asked whether the police could do more to tackle online trolls, she replied: "It's the internet people as well because the police can't do everything."

Mr Jones said: "They should have their own policing force of some sort to do that, with legal ways to prosecute people."

Actor Hugh Grant, former newsreader Sir Trevor McDonald and presenter Fiona Phillips were among the guests at a dinner organised by Missing People to raise funds for the Child Rescue Alert.

Mrs Jones said she is still struggling to come to terms with her daughter's death.

Mark Bridger was given a whole life sentence after he was convicted of April's abduction and murder and of perverting the course of justice by unlawfully disposing, destroying or concealing her body.

April had been playing with friends close to her home on the Bryn Y Gog estate in Machynlleth, mid-Wales, when Bridger, a former slaughterhouse worker, enticed her into his car. Her body has never been found.

Following the recent two-year anniversary of her daughter's disappearance, Mrs Jones said: "I'm still struggling now to this day. We take each day as it comes. Everybody's different in how they cope. Me, personally, I take each day as it comes.

"Some days are better. My husband takes it different, my kids take it different."

Mr Jones added: "I have days where I'm absolutely fine. Two or three days on the trot. Then I have down days. I need to keep busy."

Mrs McCann said she believed the Child Rescue Alert could make "a huge difference" in finding missing children.

"You only have to look at the statistics to see how the amber alert in the USA has been successful - 685 children have been found alive and reunited with their families since it started," she said.

"I believe the Child Rescue Alert system could do the same here."

Mr McCann added: "I think it's an opportunity, the Child Rescue Alert, for the British public to help. In our case, there was a great outpouring of people wanting to help. It only takes one person coming forward, responding to that piece of media, that could save a child's life and nothing can be more important."

To sign up to the Child Rescue Alert, visit www.childrescuealert.org.uk.

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Post  bb1 on Thu Oct 09, 2014 11:52 am

Who can forget seeing members of those vile controversy groups declaring the killer Bridger innocent, and smearing April's parents? Or dirtymac's revolting mockery of her funeral service?

How about Bennett making vile allegations about Ben Needham's family?

It is worth remembering that the McCann-haters don't just target the McCanns; the family of any missing or abducted child is fair game to them. More recently, it is poor Alice Gross's family who have been on the receiving end.

There is something very wrong with people that always blame the families of missing or abducted children, and never the perpetrators. The suspicious might wonder just what it is such people want to divert attention from.

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Post  lily on Thu Oct 09, 2014 2:01 pm

Good for them.  That is such a worthwhile issue to support and bless them that they want to take lessons from their suffering to help ease the suffering of other people.
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Post  Pedro Silva on Thu Oct 09, 2014 7:22 pm

I agree with Mr. McCann.
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Post  bb1 on Thu Oct 09, 2014 10:00 pm

http://stopthemyths.info/viewtopic.php?f=175&t=3802&p=122385&hilit=pink+tattoo#p122385

: Lost and Found by Deborah Butler.
Postby Alibongo » Sat Oct 13, 2012 1:28 am


The family of little April Jones being attacked by assorted haters, with Butler taking the lead in the pitchforking.

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Post  lily on Thu Oct 09, 2014 10:06 pm

Why are we not surprised?  mad
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Post  lily on Fri Oct 10, 2014 9:54 pm

Well done tigerloaf!   hug



http://www.stopthemyths.info/viewtopic.php?f=115&t=7098&sid=2295d99d24c726760f5e1bcc884c892e&start=400#p256367]




Re: Police investigate McCann trolls



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It has been an interesting afternoon.
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Post  bb1 on Sat Oct 11, 2014 6:45 pm

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/maddie-mccann-april-jones-need-4418085

Maddie McCann and April Jones: We need to raise the alarm over missing children

Oct 10, 2014 22:39
OPINION BY FIONAPHILLIPS
Fiona Phillips says the Child Rescue Alert could protect children in danger - and must be introduced here




There is nothing worse than losing a child. Only, there might be. Surely, there can be nothing worse than losing a child at the hands of someone else.

The sheer guilt that they should have been with you, the what-ifs and the if-onlys, the not daring to imagine what they’ve been through or are still going through.

It is a parent’s worst nightmare  – a horrific, unimaginable scenario that no one would want visited upon them.

Kate and Gerry McCann and Coral and Paul Jones are living with that horror each and every day.


For Coral and Paul, it is a distress that will never leave. Their little five-year-old girl was snatched by alcoholic paedophile Mark Bridger, a man they thought they knew; the man who killed their daughter and steadfastly refuses to say where her remains are.

Coral says she cannot even have the peace of laying her daughter properly to rest because all she got back of her were a few bones.

For Kate and Gerry, the where? why? how? who? the what-ifs and the if-onlys go on and on and on.

On Wednesday night I was with Coral, Paul, Kate and Gerry, hosting a fundraising dinner for the charity Missing People.

Both mums are passionate that a Child Rescue Alert system becomes a routine part of procedure when a child goes missing. It alerts the public to an abduction, as soon as possible, preferably in the first vital few hours after a child disappears, which are crucial to the success of finding the child before they’re harmed.

When Madeleine was taken from her room in Portugal seven years ago, Kate says she took it for granted that such an alert would have been put out on the day her little girl disappeared. It wasn’t.

Coral, still very nervous, and emotional, but determined to make her precious April’s death count for something, spoke about how she never wants what happened to her family to happen to anyone else’s as she – almost finding it hard to breathe at times – appealed for funds for an enhanced Child Rescue Alert in the UK.

The alert works when a child goes missing and is thought to be in clear or imminent danger. Police, after assessing the case, have to give permission for it to be used and if they agree that it warrants an immediate alert, Missing People presses the button and messages go out to broadcasters, press, social media and to people who’ve signed up to receive the service.

It’s already in ­operation in Ireland, Greece, ­Netherlands and the US, among others, where over two thirds of children are found.

Meanwhile, Kate McCann lives with eternal hope, but for Coral Jones the only hope is that another child’s life will be saved so the agony of the loss of her ­treasured April might not be in vain.

You can sign up to receive Child Rescue Alerts at childrescuealert.org.uk. It would make Coral’s day.



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