Cartoon Characters: FB Stand Against Child Violence or Porn Lure?

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http://inwent-iij-lab.org/Weblog/2010/12/02/pinoys-join-in-on-facebook-campaign-against-child-violence/

The racing FB trend to change your profile pic to a cartoon character in support of the UN's stand against child violence apparently began in the Philippines (see link above). I've looked around a fair bit, but as the above article also says… the UN has never recognized November 22 (the initial day where no one was to have a human face on FB) to December 06 (the latest date) as any kind of "day" standing against child violence.

The FB profiles are anonymous. Lots of people have questions. Right now, awareness is big. Social media is doing wonders for awareness campaigns and modifying them to be creative, fast and in-your-face.

Here's the thing: I can't give you a straight up answer as to who started this or if this was launched by kiddie predators. Predators have been found on Facebook, Kijiji, Craigslist and other social networking sites. It's not out of the realm of possibility, but for the Cartoon Campaign, I cannot find a source to substantiate this claim anymore than the UN can verify that it began with them.

What I can do is offer some pointers on awareness substantiation:

1) Go to the source. Always. If the source seems fishy to you or there's no contact information, assume that either the campaign is bogus or the person who started perhaps isn't tech-savvy and simply didn't know how to use an FB page to start a solid campaign.

2) Contact the contact info. If there is contact information, EMAIL, CALL, SKYPE!!! Standing against child violence is a great cause, but know with whom you're aligning yourself with. Decide for yourself if this organization is legit and if you agree with why they're campaigning the cause that they are.

3) Take the time. As soon as something like this appears on FB or Twitter… it soars. Take the extra time to investigate. If it's a worthy cause, you owe it to the people you're standing with to stand for the Truth. Scrolling Google for a cool pic instantly may not be the greatest starting point.

4) Legit or not, FB peeps know now how many people are against child violence… sort of. See the thing about awareness is that if there isn't a solid, real, verified momentum behind the awareness, it stays as just that: a bunch of people online who have changed their profile pics. And what's actually being DONE to stop child violence? Any answers?

5) If a campaign turns out to be bogus, find an organization that WILL support such a worthy cause! Did anyone think of going back to the UN and asking if they would recognize December 06 as "Cartoon Character Day"? Just because someone else started a good thing without any foundation, doesn't mean it's a lost cause. Take initiative! Ask the questions! Move from awareness to action.

Oh yeah… legit or not, if you choose not to change your profile pic (to Scooby-Doo or anything else for any type of cause), you're not an evil person. There are so many ways to get involved. Awareness raising is just one. Hey… write a creative FB note and tag your friends… find fave quotations of other people and use them in your status updates to further your awareness… lots of ideas!

I'm sure there are other common sense steps to take that others have thought of… anyone? Post your comments here! Share them! 

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