The invitation to change my Facebook profile pic was enticing. For who can resist doing something so mundane like putting up a picture of your favorite cartoon character on your Facebook profile picture for a good cause (making a statement against child violence)? Many in my Friends list did it. I would do it.
But I chose not to. This despite and in spite of the fact that when I googled a picture of the earliest cartoon hero I admired, memories of role playing with my cousins and childhood friends came flooding in. I was Lance, the second-in-command and pilot of Red Lion, the right arm of Voltron.
I chose not to because something inside me wants to know why and how such an act could make a difference. The reposted message that spurred the mass action does not offer adequate information. December for me is World Aids Day (1), Feast of the Immaculate Concepcion (8), and Christmas (25) and everything that goes with it. I thought awareness campaigns for children come in October because that’s when I watched Rated PG. It wasn’t a biggie, I just wanted to know.
Fortunately, google search revealed the following article to me. It’s by a certain Mr. Joseph Ubalde of The Daily IIJ (International Institute for Journalism of InWEnt). It was my first time to see the site and based from what I found, I quickly added it to my Bookmarks.
Read on, be informed, and spread the word.
Pinoys join in on Facebook campaign against child violence
December 2nd, 2010 · by Joseph Ubalde
If you open your Facebook account and start seeing thumbnail photos of Disney or anime characters on your friends’ profiles instead of their actual pictures, don’t fret; it’s the latest Internet meme that has made its way all over the popular social networking site to heighten awareness on violence against children.
Facebook users in the Philippines began changing their profile pictures Thursday, after a status message began circulating regarding the awareness campaign. According to the status message, Facebook users should have their cartoon profile pictures until December 6.
“By Monday you can’t see a single human face on Facebook but an invasion of childhood memories for the fight against child abuse,” read the status message.
It is unclear when the campaign actually began and who initiated it. But according to a post on the website momento24.com, the campaign began as early as November 22 and ended a week later. “It is clear that the situation violence against children and child labor will not be reversed by putting cartoon pictures on Facebook, is a way of promoting social awareness to take further actions to change the situation,” read the post.
It is also unclear whether the time period for the said awareness campaign has any significance on the plight of abused children. The United Nations does not mark December 6 or November 22 as a day of observance on violence against children. The closest dates the UN commemorates a day related to children or human rights in general are on November 20 (Universal Children’s Day) and December 10 (Human Rights Day). (See: http://www.un.org/observances/days.shtml)
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