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Cartoon profile pictures on Facebook to raise awareness of child abuse

80s_cartoons Have you noticed a bunch of your Facebook friends have cartoon characters as their profile pictures? It's part of a trend to raise awareness on child abuse -- or at least that's what some people are saying in their status messages.

The call to action is often worded like this:

"Change your Facebook profile picture to a cartoon character from your childhood and invite your friends to do the same. Until Monday, Dec 6th of 2010, there should be no human faces on Facebook, but an invasion of memories! This is for a campaign against violence on children."

Phrases with cartoon characters are top searched terms now -- in Miami alone, it's the third fastest growing search term this past week according to Yahoo!

While the thought is cute, I'm not sure really what it does other than display your favorite childhood cartoon character. If you want to show your power to make a difference, instead of spending time staring at a picture, take a few minutes to donate to a worthy children's charity and post about it on Facebook.

Because knowing donating is half the battle.

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Kamran Abu Bakr

Excellent piece, I also changed my profile picture just because everyone around me was doing it, I never considered the possibility that it was a very serious issue, thank you for shading a light, great piece.

Jeff Zelaya

I work with Nerds Support a local IT company that has been following your column and this article especially struck us. We acknowledge that it takes more than just awareness to make a difference. So this is what we did -> http://www.prlog.org/11181592-the-philantrophic-journey-of-small-miami-business.html

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