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Do missing children posters work?

  • ‘Raising America’ conducted an experiment to see if people pay attention to missing child posters
  • If the boy featured in the missing poster was nearby, would anyone notice?

Editor's note:  The child shown in the picture above is not (and was not) actually missing. The "Raising America" team created the posters as part of a social experiment. 

How effective are missing child posters? Raising America conducted an experiment to find out. We put a picture of a producer’s child on a missing poster and let the child play in the same area. In a crowded playground, how many would spot him and call the number on the flyer? Watch the video for the results and to see more modern methods to find missing kids. 

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