Cartoon Characters as Profile Photos on Facebook to Fight against Child Abuse
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
Facebook Cartoon Profile Pic Meme c/o cheaplittlefilms
Cartoon Characters in Role Playing or CosPlay
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:
- 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.
- 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.