Sunday, 5 December 2010

Facebook: Change your profile Picture to a Cartoon?

The last few days has seen many people changing their facebook profile pictures to a picture of their favourite childhood cartoon.  The message that has been circulating is that:

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

In fact this is not a campaign by the NSPCC and According to the trend-tracking website Know Your Meme, the cartoon fad started with Facebook users in Greece and Cyprus in mid-November and the message has gradually been changed. 

There has been lots of talk about it being a ploy and being run by paedophiles - this is NOT true.

It just shows you how influential social media is.  The NSPCC have welcomed the attention and it has brought them into the forefront of media which is good and we can hope a few of those people will also be donating.

I changed my profile picture as it is nostalgic and I have loved seeing all the other old cartoons from my childhood, 'my little pony', 'She-Ra' and 'raggy dolls' to name a few!  So people who are scaremongering about it being dangerous, lighten up it is only a bit of fun, although we should be very wary about things online...this is not one of them.


  1. I totally agree. It is a bit of fun and if it raises awareness and a few people donate to the NSPCC, then that's a good thing.

  2. I completely agree with all of this, and if it helps to raise even a little awareness of what the NSPCC do, then good.

    Even if it was paedophiles, which it most definitely isn't - it wouldn't stop or encourage them in the slightest.

    And also, Kudos for the Raggy Dolls - I nearly went for them, but instead went for the Gummi Bears. Although the Raggy Dolls were a definite favourite for me :) x

    Paedophile Rumour= FAKE call
    NSPCC= FAKE charity

    * If a charity pays it’s executives hundreds of thousands or millions of pounds a year, it probably doesnt need your money!
    * If the charity gets huge amounts of money from the government, it probably doesn’t need your money!
    * If the charity can afford to spend large proportions of it’s income on advertising campaigns, it probably doesn’t need your money!