25 Days of Blogging: Day 3

Have you changed your Facebook profile picture to a cartoon character yet?  I have.  There is a simple message circulating around Facebook that says, “Until Monday (Dec. 6), there should be no human faces on Facebook but an invasion of memories. This is for eliminating violence against children.”

So here is the debate ~ are these “campaigns” a slap in the face to theses causes or a move in the right direction?

One Facebook User said this in relation to are the pictures creating open conversation:

“Except they’re not. The overwhelming majority of people on my list(s) who have posted the status update when they changed their profile pic received no comments… except to say that they liked the show. Wrong conversation. This is just the same thing as breast cancer awareness by bra color or “where you like it.” It’s insulting to those who have lived through either.”

While I agree that the campaign itself is a sham and not an actual campaign at all…I disagree that it is worthless.

My reply…

“I would have to disagree respectfully that this HAS gotten ppl talking. I agree that it is ill conceived and not supported well. But a conversation about child abuse even in the simplest forms, IMHO, is worth the silliness.

Look at some of the media that has picked up the story:

http://mashable.com/2010/12/03/cartoons-facebook-end-violence/

http://blog.seattlepi.com/personal-finance/archives/230586.asp

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31749_162-20024583-10391698.html

http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/2010/12/03/2010-12-03_drawing_up_support_childhood_cartoon_faces_antichild_abuse_campaign_takes_over_f.html

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/lifestyle/12/03/10/cartoons-not-human-faces-pop-facebook

If one person reads this silly campaign and thinks twice about how they interact with a child OR if one person makes a donation to end child abuse OR if one person is motivated to tell their own children about stranger danger and private places then, again IMHO, it has been worth looking at 80′s cartoon characters for a few days.”

What are your thoughts?

Please leave a comment.

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If you are serious about making a difference than visit preventchildabuse.org

How to ACTUALLY Make a difference…reposted from Charity Guide

PREVENT CHILD ABUSE

by Jamie Littlefield

How to Make a Difference

Learn about child abuse. Educate yourself by taking the Myths and Realities About Child Abuse Quiz. Keep these key facts in mind:

  • Child abusers can be any age, any gender, and any race. They can be from any economic class and have any level of education.
  • Children are more likely to be abused by their own parents than by a stranger.
  • Rarely does an incident of child abuse happen in isolation. When a child is abused once, it is likely to happen again.
  • Educate your neighbors and friends about child abuse. Consider emailing your acquaintances a link to this article. Or, ask an official from a local domestic violence shelter to speak to your neighborhood group, church association, PTA, or other organization. They are usually more than willing to share what they know about how to prevent child abuse.

Make sure your acquaintances know that they can get help if they find themselves in a situation where they could become an abuser. It is often difficult for abusers to get help because they are afraid of losing their children and don’t want to be judged by the people they know. Abusers can get the help they need by:

  • Making an anonymous call to the National Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-4-A-Child). Non-judgmental hotline counselors will help them work through their problems, suggest alternative ways to interact with their children, and connect them with resources that are available in their community.
  • Joining a support group. Parents Anonymous holds weekly meetings around the country to help people develop positive parenting skills. The group meetings are free of charge and parents are welcome to attend for as long as they wish.
  • Seeking respite care. Many states offer respite care programs that will take care of a children for a few hours if they could be in danger of abuse. Such programs are not meant to be daycares, but they do offer an emergency solution for parents who need some immediate relief and don’t have friends or family members they can turn to.

Stop child abuse when you see it. If you have trouble identifying the difference between child abuse and acceptable forms of discipline, take a look at the government’s definition of child abuse. If you’re concerned that a child may be abused, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Here’s what you can do:

  • Call the National Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-4-A-Child). During your anonymous call, their counselors can help you evaluate the situation and help you make a child abuse report to the proper authorities. If you are nervous about making a report, they will even stay on the line during a 3-way call to offer you support.
  • Call your state’s Department of Child Protective Services directly. They will take the information you provide and do a thorough investigation into the situation. If they find that child abuse is occurring, they will remove the child from the situation.
  • If a child is in life-threatening danger, call 911 immediately.

It’s time that people take a stand against child abuse. Your simple actions will help prevent child abuse and give abused children hope for a brighter future.

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