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    NPR interview with Tony Loftis

    Parents in a networking group for missing children were at a strategy dinner Monday night, discussing the terrors of Internet exploitation and the need for better communication with law enforcement, when news out of Cleveland hit somebody’s smartphone and reverberated through the hotel conference room.

    “All of a sudden someone said, ‘Oh my God,’ and started reading the report,” said Mika Moulton, president of the Surviving Parents Coalition .

    She was among those attending the Justice Department-sponsored gathering called the Family Roundtable, which was being held in Florida.Read more….

     

    Huffington Post LiveThe Free Range Kids movement say that we are being overprotective of our children. Executive Director Tony Loftis participates on Huffington post live to discuss the movement and how it relates to the missing persons community. Watch the video ….

     

     

     

    Anderson LiveFind Your Missing Child Founder Tony Loftis explains to Anderson Cooper, Rosie Perez and the “AndersonLive” audience why parents need to do a better job monitoring their children’s online habits. Watch the video ….

     

     

     

    Screen Shot 2013-03-06 at 9.01.44 PMTony chats with Emily Rooney of WGBH’s “Greater Boston” about his daughter’s story and the founding of Find Your Missing Child. While it was “mainstream media” that ultimately led to his daughter’s recovery, without social media’s help her story may never have made it to the mainstream. Watch the video ….

     

    The image of a doe-eyed young blonde girl is splashed across the news. She is the latest victim of abduction or runaway — but she is just one. For every child that is missing from their home due to abduction (stranger or family), hundreds of children go missing from their homes for entirely different reasons. Estimates on the exact number of runaways each year vary widely, anywhere from 800,000 to 2.3 million. Counting displaced children is challenging — some families don’t report, or report late. But even taking the most conservative numbers, hundreds of thousands of children are on the streets of our communities each day. Continue reading ….

     

    Comcast NewsmakersSocial media plays a large role in today’s society, and online safety is a modern issue that requires a new set of parenting skills. An estimated 1.6 million children are reported missing each year; more than 4,000 children a day. Most parents don’t know how to find their lost child. Tony Loftis, founder of findyourmissingchild.org, joins Newsmakers to discuss how social media can help. Watch the video ….

     

    In November 2011, Tony Loftis’s 13-year-old daughter ran away from their suburban hometown of Wayland, Mass. She was last seen boarding a Peter Pan bus to New York from downtown Boston, and Loftis assumed she’d headed to Brooklyn where his daughter had frequently visited family.

    Not a stranger to social media, Loftis took it upon himself to spread word that he was looking for  Continue reading …

     

    The image of a doe-eyed young blonde girl is splashed across the news. She is the latest victim of abduction or runaway — but she is just one. For every child that is missing from their home due to abduction (stranger or family), hundreds of children go missing from their homes for entirely different reasons. Estimates on the exact number of runaways each year vary widely, anywhere from 800,000 to 2.3 million. Counting displaced children is challenging — some families don’t report, or report late. But even taking the most conservative numbers, hundreds of thousands of children are on the streets of our communities each day. Continue reading ….

     

    Last November, Christina Loftis came home and realized that her 13-year-old daughter, Allie Loftis, was not where she was supposed to be.

    After the police searched the family’s suburban Massachusetts home, they found a note on the daughter’s whiteboard. It read: “Don’t look for me. I’m not lost, I’m found.” Allie was missing for 12 days before she was found in Jersey City, N.J. with a 42-year-old man, [who] was [later] charged with kidnapping, child endangerment, and other offenses. He pleaded guilty and is currently serving a five-year sentence.

    Authorities credit the success of the search to a social media campaign launched by Allie’s parents, Christina and Tony Loftis. Continue reading….


    Last November, 13-year-old Allie Loftis ran away from her home in Wayland. She left her parents a brief note and disappeared. “Don’t look for me,” it read. “I’m not lost. I’m found.”

    She shut off her cellphone.

    Allie’s mother was physically ill when she realized her daughter was gone. She couldn’t eat or sleep as a search began. Twelve days later Allie was found in Jersey City, N.J., after a tip led police to the home of a 42-year-old sexual predator the teenager may have met online.

    But if it was the Internet that led the eighth-grader to run, it was the Internet that helped bring her home. While their only child was gone, her parents waged a vigorous online campaign to publicize her disappearance — a campaign that ultimately attracted media attention, which caught the tipster’s eye. Related

    Now Tony Loftis is launching an online effort called “Find Your Missing Child” to help other parents who find themselves in similarly terrifying circumstances. Continue reading (subscription required).


    The past few months have found Wayland’s Tony Loftis busily working to ensure the parents of missing children have more tools at their fingertips than he did when he was in their shoes just 10 months ago. Continue reading….



    Channel 4 News

    Tony Loftis is in no doubt that social media saved his daughter.

    In November last year, his then 13-year old ran away from their home near Boston to New York in the United States. He found her 12 days later, with a 42-year-old sexual predator, after setting up a social media campaign which led to the tip which helped police track down his daughter.

    “The first couple of days she was missing, we didn’t sleep. We didn’t know where she was, what she was doing – and the longer it goes on the more you worry,” he told Channel 4 News. Continue reading….


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