Posted on Dec 5, 2010 in Politics
You’ve may of seen the following posted on Facebook recently.
Change your Facebook profile picture to a cartoon character from your childhood. Until Monday (06/12), there should be no human faces on Facebook, but an invasion of memories! This is a campaign to stop violence against children.
or more recently this has started to appear.
Change your profile picture to a cartoon character from your childhood and invite your friends to do the same, for the NSPCC. Until Monday (December 6th), there should be no human faces on Facebook, but an invasion of memories. This is a campaign to stop violence against …children
Note the addition of the NSPCC to make it look more legitimate. However like a lot of these status messages that don’t link to an legitmate source (e.g. the NSPCC themselves) this isn’t real.
The NSPCC had this to say (Source)
Although the NSPCC did not originate the childhood cartoon Facebook campaign, we welcome the attention it has brought to the work we do 🙂
Some idiots have also started spreading the following message blaming paedophiles. Some people are too stupid to be allowed on the internet. (Source)
just been told this :- Did U know that the group asking every1 2 change their profile picture 2 a cartoon character is actually a group of paedo’s. They doing it Bcos kids will accept their friend request faster if they see a cartoon picture. It has nothing 2 do with supporting child violence, it was on T.V and its on tonight’s news…. put this as your status 2 warn every1 & to get them to change back
A quick bit of research reveals that a version of this message start popping up during November in the US (Source), Greece and Cyprus, with the message stating it was just a bit of fun. Also around this time Cartoon Network created a Facebook event page for “Choose a Cartoon Character as Your Profile Picture for a Week” running from Nov. 21 to Nov. 28 (Source).
Valleywag reports it changed into an anti-child abuse meme sometime on or before December 3rd, in the brillantly titled Facebook Users Defeat All Child Abuse by Changing Their Profile Pictures.
Changing you facebook profile picture obviously isn’t going to help stop violence against children, and although many people are aware of this and have just joined in for fun why not help at the same time?
So here’s a challenge you anyone reading this who has changed their avatar to cartoon on Facebook. Donate to the Directly to the NSPCC here or donate to my just giving page for the NSPCC and when we raise 20 quid. I’ll change my Facebook avatar too.
Update 18:47 – Wow, someone has just donate another 12 quid giving my total of 12 quids already! To facebook to change my Avatar! Guess what’ll choose.
Update 19:20 – Added the message about teh Peados! Also raise the target for donations, please keep donating!