Cartoon Characters as Profile Photos on Facebook to Fight against Child Abuse

Disney Characters

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UNICEF's Advocacy against Child Abuse

There's a huge changes going on at Facebook. It involves changing of profile photos into cartoon characters to show support for the UNICEF's (United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund) campaign against Child Abuse. This viral trend is infectious that almost all my friends at the social network are following this viral trend.

When this was shared with me, I commented that I'll just post photos of cartoon characters and shared it to everyone I know. I still have my own personal photo as my profile or avatar. I don't want to go along with this worldwide trend as support against maltreatment among children.

Walt Disney popularized cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse and his friends. You'll notice that no one of the characters are killed. The ending of cartoon movies convey lessons to the viewers, especially children.

Cartoon characters are a delight among young peers or even the young at heart, like me. Who can resist the cat-and-mouse tandem of Tom (cat) and Jerry (rat)? Or Donald Duck and friends? How about Popeye - the sailor and his friends Or the Lion King? Even the characters from the bible have been animated or cartoonized by Disney. Disney on Ice gives cartoon characters new life.

When the invasion of Japanese cartoon came or the anime, the new generation resorted into role playing it these days, or the so-called costume play or cosplay, to give life to those cartoon characters. My niece likes the Sailormoon so much. Or even Naruto Shippuden. And the most famous Dragonball Z and Pokémon. My time in the 80s featured the all-time Voltes Five. We always rented Betamax/VHS videos of Superman, Incredible Hulk and other characters on Superfriends. I'm sure some of us still have card collections of famous cartoon heroes.

Children idolize those make-believe heroes that they often imitate it for life, like Spiderman. Costumes of superheros are superb gifts to them. Some charitable institutions even have their own bunch of real-life superheroes to bring delight and smile on the faces of children with terminal diseases and those who are abused by their parents at home.

What I like about cartoon characters is their flexibility to be in comic strips or even in animated movies. Human voices give life to those characters and inspired us to be positive in life and practice good deeds daily.

Promoting awareness to fight against Child Abuse escalated cartoon characters to high level. UNICEF's advocacy is to respect human lives and fair treatment among these youngster who are just starting to create their niches into this chaotic world.

Choose your cartoon character

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Facebook Cartoon Profile Pic Meme c/o cheaplittlefilms

Cartoon Characters in Role Playing or CosPlay

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UNICEF: Stop Child Abuse Now! c/o UNICEFMalaysia

Child Abuse: It Begins at Home

There are many kinds of Child Abuses at home. It can be:

  1. Verbal abuse or harsh words can demoralize a child's disposition in life. It can leave a deep mental trauma to children and it will be carried until he/she grows.
  2. Physical abuse can be fatal than can even lead to death among children. It can be mere spanking or can be severe, like sexual molestation.

The innocent children are exposed to harsh environment that can be brought be their parents or relatives or even their kins.

I had my share of story being a partial victim of child abuse.

My father's disciplinary action was to spank me whenever I did little mistakes that irritated him. But coupled with harsh words, I immediately complained to my mother and told several incidents involving the maltreatment of my father.

I reasoned out that I will not respect him anymore. If he was really my father, he will not do those harmful punishments that can inflict physical defects on me.

The couple had a serious conversation. As a result, my father sobered. He explained that he was once a victim of child abuse; not by his parents (my grandparents) but by his uncle who raised him as their own.

Due to my complaints, he changed his way of raising his children as a responsible father. Although, there were actuations that he will strike us with his fist, he often stopped, think and looked at me; then, he'll withdraw and say in a low-toned voice, "Don't do it again" or " Don't make the same mistake again."

Child's Law and trace of history

Corporal punishments among children abound even up to these days amid the presence of children advocates. Here in the Philippines, the police  authority added the Children's desk due to massive reports on child abuse incidents. Bantay Bata 163 (Child Watch 163) has its long list of child abuse statistics since it was organized way back early 90s.

Even legislators enacted laws preventing the proliferation of child abuse, it wil still be part of the dark side in the history of mankind.

Remember the massive killing of innocent souls in the Holy Bible, Ninos Inocentes, commemorated on December 28? It was King Herod's barbaric plan to kill the King of Kings, the Infant Jesus, then; that included those innocent children.

Child Abuse Education Video c/o NoseySOB

Aqua - Cartoon Heroes (Full Version) c/o lleonardpler

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Fiddleman 6 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

Tremendous hub


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Thanks, Fiddleman. It's the trend that's spreading at Facebook. But I don't want to go with the flow. Better make a hub on it and share it on FB.


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America

I am gratified that reasoning worked with your father and happy for this and for you. I am going to link your Hub to one of mine on abuse.

My Facebook avatar has always been a cartoon painting, but one of my own design, so I'll maintain it. I support anti-abuse movements of all kinds, everywhere.

When I was 8 years old, my parents were in court to testify on a civil matter and during the proceedings, I remember the Judge telling another witness, "Children are the property of the parents and the parents can do anything they want to them." This reflects the struggle that abuse recognition and prevention has incurred in Ohio for over 100 years.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Great hub.


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carrie450 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

Thanks for posting this travel_man. I never did change my to a cartoon character but I know of many who have. An excellent hub. rated up.


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@ Patty Inglish: Child abuse is massive in the whole world. I forgot to mention that children were used as offering or sacrifice to the gods. Such barbaric acts are carried down up to these days. I hope education will teach how to control those urges to inflict harm among children. After all, we've been there as children, as well.


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Sandy: Thanks for being here. It's good for the advocacy against child abuse.


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@carrie450: I didn't change my profile photo, either; but still have my solid support on the cause against child abuse. Thanks for the appreciation.


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Donna Janelle 6 years ago from Oklahoma

I had been wondering why people were changing their pictures on facebook to a cartoon character, but did not know why. What a worthy cause! Very informative and great hub!


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denden mangubat 6 years ago from liloan, cebu, philippines

me too i changed my profile pic to donald duck.this may surveyed how many are concerned


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DSteelman 6 years ago from Bucks County, PA

Good hub. Very informative.

Thank you.


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genwriter 6 years ago from Singapore

Great hub! Good idea on posting a hub on this.

Rated this hub and happy following you.

Check out my hubs too =)


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Donna Janelle: at first I was reluctant to answer the campaign. But here I am, accomplishing this hub for a cause against child abuse.


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Glad to have you here, denden. I didn't change my profile photo but my concern against child abuse is overwhelming. That's why I did this hub.


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Thanks, DSteelman. The Philippine media, especially those on TV networks also endorses this move on Facebook to fight against child abuse.


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@genwriter: Your presence is much needed here. Welcome to Hubpages!


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thesailor 6 years ago from Seven Seas

I'm thinking of changing my photo profile (avatar), too. Is it still necessary to be counted as supporter for the cause against child abuse?


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Well, maybe not, maybe yes. The most important thing is we are aware of what's happening to the children around the world. Thanks, sailor. :D


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earthbound1974 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

I didn't change my profile photo; but wholeheartedly supporting the cause against child abuses.


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nicnac 5 years ago from Ireland

Fantastic hub!


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@earthbound1974: Thanks for your sentiments. At first, I didn't want to change my profile photo on Facebook, but I was pursuaded by my niece. It's a nice photo of Tintin with his dog terrier Snowy. I've also written a hub for the adventures of Tintin, if you'd like to check it.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Thanks, nicnac. Appreciated your hub-visit. :D


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

You're so right there, FrankSB. Facebook management did this because for every cartoon profile that were featured, there will be corresponding amount (percentage) that will be donated to charities. That's what I've heard from one of the sharer of this viral information.


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MoneyCreator24 5 years ago

Wonderful hub. Very well done job. Love these videos you have found to paste on.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@MoneyCreator24: I'm glad you appreciate it. I've pasted those videos, because I felt that it's important to know the cause against child abuse better. Thanks. :D


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08clanic 5 years ago from milwaukee

ur not human if u beat ur child.


surlyoldcat 5 years ago

Shame that we're relegated to doing just cartoon characters to support a worthy cause when we should strip these degenerate scumsuckers of their rights and give them a good taste of what they put others through.

Poor kids.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@08clanic: Unleashing the beast in us doesn't mean that we can now freely beat an innocent child. Parents should caution themselves and teach their children in a gentle manner so that their oppsprings will learn how to behave minus corporal punishments.

@surlyoldcat: This kind of cause will not be futile because it caught the attention of every Facebook users and those organizations that are truly caring for every child's welfare around the world.


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MandyPandy5 5 years ago

Thank you so much for making this Hub. Child abuse is such a horrible thing that happens more often than people know.


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DON BALDERAS 5 years ago

To think that this cartoon phenomena happen right in our very abode-the home- where children should be honed to become more peaceloving, is now posing for everyone another battle to contend with. Parents and individuals really need to be vigilant and keen at making our homes a place free from abuse of all sorts. Thanks Ino for sharing and for the learning.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@MandyPandy5: Thanks for appreciating this hub. Hope it helps us be aware of the consequences that abuses on children will bring in our homes, society and the world.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Sir DON B:Outbursts of parents are inevitable, I think, due to pressures in work and family concerns. Most of them get easily irked by the noisy surrounding that their children emit, that's why, more often than not, there will be spanking or hurting that will follow. I hope they should hurdle the hyper-activeness of their children in a subtle way not the corporal punishments that are being prohibited by the Family Act of our constitution.


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trusouldj 5 years ago from Indiana

Very nice.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@trusouldj: Thanks for being so nice, too!


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cheerfulnuts 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Most people who were abused as a child would grow up abusing their own kids. I'm glad your dad had listened to your mom. Great hub. A vote up from cheerfulnuts!


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@cheerfulnuts. You're right. The impulsive behavior of my father was brought about the way he was reared as a child by his uncle. And his children, including me, suffered from occasional beatings, during our formative years. Although, he realized that kind words will make us grow disciplined rather than frequent corporal punishments.


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scott33thomas 5 years ago from Germany, Colombia, USA, Panama, Mexico, Spain

is a great contribution this hub just remember with love those characters we grew up


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@scott33thomas: Thank you for your appreciations. Those cartoon characters served as inspiration to me and heroes as well. I tried imagining myself being one of them helping eradicate lawbreakers.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@wilrhoades: Thank you for appreciating it. It's a campaign that should keep on going to remind us that everyday, there are children who've been abused in one way or another at any part of the world.


naturalsolutions 5 years ago

This campaign on facebook last in just several month but it is a great thing because almost all my facebbok friend use a cartoon character as their profile picture. Well i used the frog kerropi.lol I wish facebook would advertise more helpful things. Great hub, so inspiring.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@naturalsolutions: Thanks for visiting. Me, I used Tintin as my FB profile photo last December. I hope the trend will be revived for the awareness of everybody regarding child abuse.

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