The last post about the recent trend of animizing profile pictures in Facebook have emphasized primarily on revisiting our childhood days. But recent information from you, readers, have pointed out that this online phenomena started with a good and surprisingly noble purpose.
According to a Facebook Page named “Campaign to End Violence Against Children – Childhood Cartoon Faces” (below):
“Until Monday (Dec. 6), there should be no human faces on Facebook but an invasion of memories. This is for eliminating violence against children,” the page says. The undisclosed campaign creator asks facebook users to change their profile pic and share the above statement in their status.
Whether the Childhood Cartoon Faces page is authentic or fake, it sure was an effective viral campaign. December 6th was already two days ago but the number of facebook users of cartoon/anime characters in everybody’s friends list is still growing fast. At the first place, who would really care if it is just a prank or an authorized campaign from certain organizations?
What matters most is that it adds a great deal of awareness to curb violence against Children. In the U.S., National Child Abuse Prevention Month is still due in April next year. Here in the Philippines, we have programs from DSWD, Phil. Red Cross and different non-profit organizations like the Norwegian Mission Alliance , Phils. Inc. (NMAPI), where I previously worked for. Sadly, we usually take these advocacies for granted because either/or:
- We don’t care.
- We don’t like kids that much, because they are makulit sometimes.
- We don’t have money to support the programs.
- We don’t have time to get involved with the programs.
- We have bigger problems to attend to.
In Childhood Cartoon Faces its free, it’s cool, and it’s a chance to be childish again. All we have to do is change our profile pictures to join the campaign. It’s as simple as that.
Then came the critics saying “Yeah…like this is gonna help end violence against children…” But regardless of what they might say, Childhood Cartoon Faces is effective in raising global awareness against violence against children. And it is catching on.
Again, online communities have proven its worth as one global link for communication not only to share and express ideas, but also an effective means of raising awareness for a common good.