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You may have noticed lots of people changing their profile pictures on Facebook to cartoon characters and are wondering why.  I must say almost all of my friends are now anything from Daffy Duck to Captain Caveman. 


I’d be surprised if you haven’t seen the message that is going around yet, but here it is – 


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. 


This doesn’t seem to be anything official, its just something that has gone viral by Facebook users themselves.   


I was shocked that some users on Facebook have said “What good is it?” “Its just spam.”  And the most ridiculous one that it was started by paedophiles and you are going to get kicked off Facebook if you leave the picture up! How crazy are people to believe that! Never heard of Internet hoax library Snopes? 


See this article here about that. 


Actually its not bad, its brilliant,  it is actually raising awareness of the charity the NSPCC! Some people have added the links to the NSPCC donations page or other official organisations. 



The best one I’ve seen so far is this one where someone has created a justgiving page and has already raised £3000 in just a few days!


 http://www.justgiving.com/fbcartoon/?fb_ref=fundraising-page-top&fb_source=profile_oneline  


So yes, it is doing good. Its making people think about how we can help our children. 



The NSPCC’s vision is to end cruelty to children in the UK. We campaign to change the law, provide ChildLine and the NSPCC Helpline, offer advice for adults, and much more.See what’s new with our work – or make a difference by volunteering or donating.


So, stop whining saying that changing your profile picture is just a waste of time, that it will do nothing and join in our fight for awareness. Also you could actually do something yourself and donate directly to the charity here.