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How motherhood changed the way I look at amber alerts

Sarah Boesveld: Are we so short on empathy that we can’t let another person’s pain into our lives, on the off chance that we might be able to help?
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Amber Alerts work. So why are people complaining about them?

The system could probably be refined and tweaked, say experts, but with a child’s life at stake, police aren’t apologizing for waking people up
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The Amber Alert system on phones is already annoying people, and that’s dangerous

The problem isn’t that people are seriously inconvenienced when their phone buzzes for an Amber Alert, because they’re not. It’s that the system will desensitize them entirely, harming emergency preparedness in general.