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Cartoon characters invade Facebook

Until Monday 6th December, people are changing their display pictures on Facebook to their favourite cartoon character from the 80’s and 90’s to support the campaign, “Stop violence against children”. If you saw my previous post, I felt it was important to show my support.


Google trends have seen an increase in cartoon character searches, and many Facebook status’ have been changed to:

Until Monday (Dec. 6), there should be no human faces on Facebook but an invasion of memories. This is for eliminating violence against children

Although, it is not a dedicated day, week or month to child protection against violence, this viral sweep emphasises and highlights our responsibility as a society to protect young children.

So, if you haven’t changed your display picture already, have a nostalgic afternoon searching on Youtube or Amazon for your memorable (possibly, forgotten) cartoon character(s), upload then share with your online community. Show your support.

If you have changed your display picture, what was your favourite cartoon character(s)? Donatello- teenage mutant ninja turtle? Mario? Wolverine? Rugrats? Spongebob?

Please share (if you are not too embarrassed) what your favourite cartoon character is (or was, for those grown up individuals amongst us).

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  1. jean-philippe
    December 5, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    I’m always irritated by these trends of virtue. This movement is possibly going to make a difference this week. And the week after. And then? I concede we can’t campaign for/against everything all the time, but shouldn’t we try to make a difference, to do the right thing every day of our lives?

    This campaign exists because there are abuses. There are an estimated three hundred thousand child soldiers around the world. One million children are forced into prostitution each year. Studies estimate that 10 to 20 percent of children are at risk for exposure to domestic violence.

    We might need more than cartoons characters to change that.

    • December 5, 2010 at 2:54 PM

      I think it is important some of these online movements happen because it brings issues that are very important but sometimes forgotten in society. If it makes just the slightest difference, with people being more observant, I think then that this trend has been helpful.
      I think a platform as large as Facebook is a productive place where these movements happen as an extensive number of people are reached. I do understand that sometimes movements do not aid/help a cause, but after my last post I felt that if I could help with a small contribution, I would.

      • jean-philippe
        December 5, 2010 at 3:02 PM

        Who knows, maybe our leaders will stop throwing mud at each other and work on that issue.

  2. December 5, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    i agree, if something such as changing your profile picture to your favorite childhood cartoon over the internet could start an a major trend to have people more aware of child abuse. i feel like its getting to people anyways, nearly %79 of my 550 friends on facebook support the movement, hopefully we can do more in the future to decrease the crime of child abuse.

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