Changing Your Facebook Picture to Fight Child Abuse is Like Changing Your Socks to Fight Domestic Violence
Another week, another Facebook trend. You might have seen a friend with this status lately:
“To join the fight against child abuse, change your facebook profile picture to a cartoon from your childhood and invite your friends to do the same. Until Monday (December 6, 2010) there should be no human faces on facebook, but an invasion of memories.”
As usual with this new trend of “slacktivism”, you won’t change anything about the world by just changing a picture on Facebook. That’s why for Movember, we gave you a link to the Prostate Cancer Foundation – so you could not only grow that rad mustache, but also make a real difference. These Facebook messages carry no such link or resource, and thus, make no difference. BTW, the cartoon-character change actually originated in Greece in late November, as a fun game, with no real altruistic goal.
If you’d like to help the fight against child abuse, check out the scary statistics, and please check out some of the following sites, and donate your time and money toward whatever you feel is appropriate:
There’s a whole lot out there, there’s a couple good jumping-off points to get you started on really “changing your image”, and not just changing your picture on Facebook.
In the meantime, change your Facebook picture back to your own ugly mug and don’t break your ankles jumping off the bandwagon. kthx.