I’m not changing my profile picture on Facebook to a cartoon character.
I’ve never been one to do something just because others are doing it. So, when I noticed my “friends” on Facebook were changing their profile pictures to their favorite cartoon character, I googled it to find out why. I need a good reason to jump on a bandwagon.
I found lots of articles about a so-called “Campaign to End Violence Against Children – Childhood Cartoon Faces.” None could come up with a person or organization behind the campaign. None could connect the timing with any child abuse awareness events.
Working in social services, I see the deep affects that abuse can have on a human being.
I’m all for taking action against child abuse. But changing my profile picture is not going to save a child from being abused.
I’ve heard the argument that “at least people are talking about the cause” before. I don’t buy it, especially when only a couple of my friends even bothered to copy and paste the status that goes along with the latest Facebook meme.
Do you know how many children are abused and neglected in the state you live in? According to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in Maine, there were 6,141 reports involving 12,171 children assigned to a caseworker for a Child Protective Assessment in 2009.
Funding it down. Giving is down. State social service programs are being cut more and more.
We need more action and less talk.