In the first of its kind on the African continent, the SA Police Service (SAPS) has launched a tool to help find missing children and South Africa is one of 23 user countries.In partnership with Facebook, the #AmberAlert tool notifies users on the social media platform when a child is reported missing.According to Facebook's Director of Trust and Safety, Emily Vacher, Facebook users can then help to trace the missing child."If a child goes missing, we get the information directly from the SA Police Service. They will create a poster that has all the information about the missing child. They will send us that information and we will prepare that. We have a team that's waiting 24/7, 365," Vacher said.The police will need a photograph of the child and any other information which may help Facebook users to recognise the missing child. This is how #AMBERAlert will look like on Facebook feeds. The launch will get underway shortly. National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole has just arrived. (@Sesona_Ngqaks) pic.twitter.com/Jgs0lD1woW— Team News24 (@TeamNews24) January 30, 2020WATCH: SA is the first country in Africa to launch the Facebook missing children #AMBERAlert, says Facebook's Director of Trust and Safety, Emily Vacher. @TeamNews24 pic.twitter.com/1RShb6cl6Q— Sesona Ngqakamba (@Sesona_Ngqaks) January 30, 2020 For an alert to be pushed out, the missing person has to be under the age 18 and law enforcement officials need to have a "reasonable belief" that the child is in imminent danger.Once police send an alert to Facebook, Amber Alert will deliver a notification to users in a 160km radius from where the child was reported missing.National police commissioner General Khehla Sitole welcomed the tool, saying it would add to one of many of the police's crime-fighting strategies.Sitole said the tool would also assist the police to improve their response. Sitole urges South Africans to work together with SAPS in ensuring the programme finds children. #AMBERAlert (@Sesona_Ngqaks) pic.twitter.com/xHMyMdHnCT— Team News24 (@TeamNews24) January 30, 2020 He urged those who used the application to work together."The initiative will also impact positively on our investigative capacity and response times to find missing children and we anticipate an influx of anonymous tip-offs emanating from the implementation of Facebook's Amber Alert," the commissioner said.All parts of the countrySitole added that the tool was an example of how social media could have a positive impact on people's lives.The initiative will be adopted in all parts of the country. "There is a concept we refer to as the fusion centre. In the fusion centre there's a social media activation plan [which] will link up Facebook. Over and above, it will provide for us to be able to communicate with communities who may not have all facilities," Sitole said. He added that the initiative would develop over time and reach villages and rural areas.