A new social media campaign known as Childhood Cartoon Faces hopes to raise awareness of violence against children by encouraging Facebook users to ditch traditional pictures in favor of the cartoon images.
“Change your Facebook profile picture to a cartoon from your childhood and invite your friends to do the same,” said the Campaign to End Violence Against Children, a Facebook page.
“Until Monday [Dec. 6], there should be no human faces on Facebook but an invasion of memories,” the group also writes, meaning your friends’ pages should go back to normal by the start of the workweek.
This action is a collective effort to end or at least put a dent in ending child abuse for this weekend. We have an epidemic in this country and our people need/must recognize the absolute need of awareness and prevention.
We always ask individuals, groups and Advocates to go the extra mile in their Advocacy, this is just one more way of making a viral impact on the matter-at-hand. It is simple and meaningful to change your profile picture for such a worthy and much needed eye-opener to many. The thought of “it will never happen to my child (children) or in my community is the farthest from the truth. Victimization can happen to anyone – but it our jobs as adults to keep our little ones best interest and safety always first. They need our voices – be a voice.
Anny Jacoby will be participating in the local Chapel Hill, NC initiative for the prevention of child sexual abuse. Invited by the Executive Director of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA from a list of local leaders, Jacoby will be participating to initiate the Darkness to Light Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention program and Prevent Now! model, a combined community effort which will assist in promoting a sustainable and accountable prevention initiative, which will help better protect all children in the community.
According to leaders from the YMCA:
“One of the most proactive and pragmatic approaches to diminishing child sexual abuse is the education of responsible adults. Imagine a community where adults are actively working together to change a cultural norm – from one where child sexual abuse is shrouded in fear and denial and children are easy targets, to one where every child is better protected throughout the community. Now is the time for our community to be intentional and steadfast in our protective behaviors so that all children can grow up healthy and whole.”
The luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, November 16, 2010 from 12:00 to 2:00 at Amity United Methodist Church which is located at825 N. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27156.
Past participants of Prevent Now! meetings have found it to be an incredibly valuable experience.
Anny Jacoby is an outspoken advocate for child safety, focusing on prevention by personal safety training through both Project Safe Girls and The Realistic Female Self-Defense Company, where she offers training to females of all ages. Jacoby strongly feels education and awareness should be taught early and expanded through the community through organizations, schools and families.
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Childhood is full of rewards and potential risks. As babies become toddlers, they are more prone to bumps, bruises, falls, and distractions. As children grow into teenagers, they become increasingly independent and are more apt to explore, live life, and socialize with less family supervision.
Fortunately, potential risks children face throughout their lives can be lessened when parents and guardians teach safety concepts. While it may not be possible for parents and guardians to be with their children every minute of the day, they can spend time talking to them, setting appropriate limits, and helping them make good choices.
Just minutes of prevention can make a huge impact in the life of a child.
Take 25 is a preventive child safety campaign created by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) in honor of National Missing Children’s Day. Annually honored on May 25th, this day serves as a reminder to the nation to make child safety a national priority.
Designed to raise awareness of the issues surrounding missing and exploited children, the Take 25 campaign encourages parents, guardians, educators, and others to take 25 minutes to talk to children about safety. With a focus on prevention, Take 25 provides communities with free safety resources including safety tips, conversation starters, and engaging activities. Take 25’s resources are available free of charge and can be found at local Take 25 events.
In 2007, NCMEC joined forces with more than 100 local and national organizations to launch the Take 25 campaign. With the help of our partner organizations, more than 375 Take 25 child safety events were hosted in communities across the United States and abroad. While this was a great achievement for the first year, the Take 25 campaign has continued to grow each year, reaching 737 events in 2008 and 1,335 events in 2009.
This campaign would not be a success without the dedication and support of our national partner organizations. Our partners in this initiative include
- Association of Missing and Exploited Childrens Organizations
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
- Council for Exceptional Children
- Drug Enforcement Administration
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association
- Fraternal Order of Police
- International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions
- International Association of Chiefs of Police – Indian Country Section
- Maryland Parental Information Resource Center
- Masonichip International
- National Association of County Officials
- National District Attorneys Association
- National Latino Peace Officers Association
- National Law Center for Children and Families
- National Organization of Black County Officials
- National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
- National Vigil of Hope
- Office of Justice Programs
- Parent Teacher Association
- P.E.A.C.E. of Mind
- Soroptimist International
- U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
- U.S. Department of Justice
- U.S. DOJ – Community Oriented Policing Services
- U.S. DOJ – Office of Tribal Justice
- U.S. Secret Service
Via National Center for Missing & Exploited Children