The McCanns recently marked one year since
parents of Madeleine McCann have backed a scheme to use
social networking websites Facebook and Bebo to help
trace missing children.
The charity Missing
People has launched the initiative to coincide with
International Missing Children's Day.
The day will highlight
cases such as Madeleine, of Rothley, Leicestershire, who
disappeared aged three in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on 3
May last year.
Kate and Gerry McCann
said the scheme would "undoubtedly capture attention".
Under the initiative,
Facebook users can view details of missing youngsters on
their own page.
Mr and Mrs McCann
said: "We strongly support and encourage this new
initiative to use Facebook to increase awareness of
"Using the power of
social media in this way will undoubtedly capture the
attention - and hopefully the help - of a younger
population who are a hugely valuable and resourceful
Missing People is also
joining Bebo's Be Cause site, which gives information
about charities and campaign groups for young runaways.
The charity has had
13,000 contacts in the last year about young people who
have gone missing, including 2,000 on those under 13.
Other cases being
highlighted on the day are Paige Chivers, 15, who went
missing in Blackpool last year, and Andrew Gosden, 14,
who was last seen at King's Cross railway station in
London last September.