Facebook NSPCC Campaign – An insult to victims?
Just a quick post in response to the recent Facebook NSPCC campaign.
It goes something like this:
“Change your profile picture to a cartoon character from your childhood and invite your friends to do the same. Until Monday (Dec 6) there should be no human faces on Facebook, but an invasion of memories. This is a campaign to stop violence against children.”
Thousands of people are changing their profile pictures and that’s brilliant as its raising awareness of the NSPCC and the work they do to help vulnerable children.
However, just changing a profile picture isn’t enough folks. What good is raising awareness if no real donations are made. And besides, nearly 98% or more of Facebook users already know about the NSPCC and what they do.
It’s nice to see people getting involved in changing their Facebook profile pictures, but please realise that having a cartoon character as your profile picture doesn’t really help a child who is being abused or left for dead.
Personally I think putting up a picture without taking any kind of real action is an insult to victims of child abuse. It’s insensitive to remind yourself of your own happy childhood memories when the kids this campaign is meant for don’t have any good memories. Those kids are depressed, lonely and suffering without a voice.
Imagine how an actual victim of child abuse feels when they see so many people reminiscing their own “good” memories, in their [victims] name!
The intention may be noble but I don’t think this was thought out properly. And many people are only following the crowd and doing what their friends are doing without actually believing or understanding what they are supporting.
Just so everyone knows, this campaign did not originate from the NSPCC nor is it an official fundraising campaign of any kind.
This particular “campaign” doesn’t even specify what charity its for. It merely states “This is a campaign to stop violence against children.” Somewhere along the way other people must have just associated it with NSPCC and now everybody is just copying and pasting onto their profiles.
And since it’s not an actual ‘Fundraising’ campaign, I don’t see how it “Stops violence against children”
The vast majority of people doing this are being misled into thinking they are helping children by putting up a cartoon on their profiles. And only until the 6th Dec? Whats the significance of that date? And why doesn’t this group state how it’s helping? It just tells people to change their profile pictures and nothing else.
If you want to make a real difference please make a donation by going to the NSPCC website.
You can set up a regular payment of just £2 a month or make a one-off donation. Better still, raise funds yourself by organising an event or an online sponsorship page. The NSPCC recommends Virgin Money Giving or JustGiving.
Although I’m sure the NSPCC appreciate the attention, they will be even more grateful if they received actual donations.
If you haven’t already done so, please join their Facebook fan page and show even more support: www.facebook.com/nspcc.
Here is list of other child protection and welfare organisations in the UK:
National Children’s Bureau (NCB)
Action For Children
Save the Children UK
Children 1st (Royal Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children)
Plant Yng Nghymru (Children in Wales)
Round Table Childrens Wish
If you know of any organisations that help children in any way, please let me know and I’ll add them to this list.