Facebook (and social media in general) obviously provide an amazing (and huge) platform for social change. We use it all the time to raise awareness of issues and events and we encourage others to do the same.
I was struck by how quickly the “change your profile pic to a 90’s cartoon to raise awareness for child abuse” campaign caught on this weekend.
But it also made me think.
How many people took the time to raise their own awareness of this issue, or took time to actively DO something about the issue? Sure, it’s fun to Google Ninja Turtles, My Little Pony, Rainbow Brite, and Masters of the Universe, but did you also Google “Child Abuse Prevention” while you were at it?
So, now that everyone has changed their profile pics back to normal, what can we DO to prevent child abuse?
Here are some ideas:
1. Google! Make yourself more aware of the issue.
2. Know the signs. Every one of us has the obligation to be vigilant, you never know when you might be able to help a child in your life.
3. Get involved! Volunteer as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) or with your local child abuse prevention agency.
4. Advocate! Use social media to raise awareness among your friends and maybe even start a campaign or a fundraiser to promote awareness.
Here are some websites that provide more info:
- Prevent Child Abuse Indiana: www.pcain.org
- Prevent Child Abuse America: www.preventchildabuse.org
- Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS): www.in.gov/dcs
Keep on making a difference, world changers!
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