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Why are folks taking down personal photos and putting up favorite childhood cartoons as their Facebook profile pictures for the first weekend in December?
All over Facebook, the popular online social networking website community, this message may be found on users’ pages:
“Change your FB profile picture to a cartoon from your childhood. The goal is to not see a human face on FB till Monday, December 6th. Join the fight against child abuse by copying and pasting this to your status.”
Such messages, which proliferated on Facebook during the first weekend of December 2010, resulted in the appearance of countless cartoon characters. In a flash, such animation images as Batman, Beavis and Butthead, Betty Boop, Charlie Brown, Chip ‘n Dale, Daisy Duck, Dudley Do-Right, Quick Draw McGraw, Rainbow Brite, Rugrats, Scooby Doo, The Simpsons, Smurfs, Snoopy, Speedy Gonzalez, Spiderman, SpongeBob Square Pants and others popped up on Facebook profiles.
By early Saturday morning, December 4th, Google Trends’ top internet search terms included such terms as these: 80s cartoons, care bear pictures, cartoon pictures for Facebook profile, eeyore, speed racer, tinkerbell, top cat and more.
The cartoon profile trend has been attributed to a group called the Campaign to End Violence Against Children – Cartoon Childhood Faces.
National Child Abuse Prevention Month occurs in April each year in the United States. However, a pre-holiday reminder can’t be all bad, if it raises awareness of the dangers and destruction of child abuse.
Facebook avatar campaigns have occurred before.
Facebook profile photo fads are not new. Such trends have been popular on Facebook in recent years. For example, last year Facebook profile pages features celebrity doppelganger photos, as users of the social networking website replaced their own photos with pictures of celebrities they supposedly resembled.
The proverbial girl next door might have become Christina Aguilera, Halle Berry, Beyonce, Fergie, Nicole Kidman, Lindsay Lohan, Dolly Parton, Diana Ross or Brittney Spears. Her brother might have posted a photo of Justin Bieber, Garth Brooks, Matt Damon, Michael Jackson, Brad Pitt or Will Smith.
Facebook users: Which cartoon will you pick for your own Facebook profile photo this weekend to protest child abuse?
Choose your favorite, or simply select a cartoon that reflects your own personality or interests. Just beware. The cartoon you post on Facebook may reflect your age. On which animation decade will you focus?