There has been an uptick in reports of missing or exploited children.

A spokesperson from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says social media has played a big role.

Numbers go up and down, but they say many people are sharing videos of children being physically or sexually abused.

That has led to more reports being filed, but remember it is illegal to share those types of videos.

"That's where we start seeing our increase in our cyber tipline reports and everyone keeps calling us which is great. We encourage everyone to call us, but we ask that you don't share those posts," said National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Mohawk Valley Office Program Director Jody Wheet.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children usually hosts The Ride for Missing Children each year, but this year they're holding a "Miles for Hope" event instead due to the pandemic.

People can bike, run, walk, swim or do other activities to log miles, raise awareness and funds for the center.

That is happening during the month of September.