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Were you wondering why your friend looks like a cartoon character all of the sudden? There’s a new meme going around Facebook, where people change their profile picture to match their favorite childhood cartoon.
One of my friends posted this as an invitation:
Change your Facebook profile picture to a favorite cartoon from your childhood and invite your friends to do the same. Until Monday (Dec.6) there should be no human faces on Facebook, but an invasion of memories. It’s for a good cause.
Another posted this:
Change your FB profile picture to a cartoon from your childhood. The goal is not to see a human face on FB till Monday, December 6th. Join the fight against child abuse, copy & paste to your status to invite your friends to do the same!
Now it’s an interesting enough concept on its own, but why are people doing it?
It apparently began in Greece and Cyprus to support a campaign against violence on children. This campaign started on November 16th and will end on December 6th. The United Nations is also running a campaign to fight violence against women and children; it runs from November 25th to December 10th.
I absolutely think this is a good cause, but I fail to see how this meme will do anything significant. Here’s why:
- I have many Facebook friends who have posted cartoon pictures as their profile picture. Only two have posted an explanation in their status, and only one mentioned the fight against child abuse. They just want to play the game.
- Awareness is good, but does this cause people to go out there and support a cause? I think a better way to raise awareness would be to post hotlines and websites where abused children can find help.
So instead of posting pictures of my favorite childhood cartoons (incidentally, Doug or Inspector Gadget), I’m going to take my own advice and give some links and hotlines.
If you suspect child abuse, or are being abused yourself, please call a hotline.
- Childhelp.org is the leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Check out their website for more information.
If you are in the U.S.A., Canada, or U.S. Territories, call:
1-800-4-A-CHILD (or 1-800-422-4453)
- If you are in the UK, the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) will provide assistance.
Children can call : 0800 1111
Adults concerned about a child can call: 0808 800 5000
If you know an organization that I missed, or the hotline for any other country, let me know and I will add it on.
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