Posts tagged ‘NSPCC’

December 6, 2010

Did Paedophiles Start the Facebook Cartoon Trend?

There have been many blogs and individuals claiming that paedophiles started the Facebook trend, where thousands, or possibly even millions of people changed their Facebook profile pictures to cartoons to support the work of the NSPCC and take a stand against child abuse. Over 130,000 users have joined the Facebook page for the cartoon trend, but how true are the rumours that paedophiles started the trend in order to be accepted as a friend easier by children?

There has been no mention of this story by BBC News or The Guardian Online. This makes it seem like this story could be a hoax. According to several blogs today, this story is untrue but many also claim that the NSPCC didn’t start this trend either. It could be that this is an individual trend by one person or a group of people that spread through the power of the viral social media. If so, then Facebook users shouldn’t get so worried. The Hoax Slayer has described the origins of this trend to be “hazy” but little is known about its exact original post. Even CHRIS (Children Have Rights In Society) has said that this trend is harmless as long as everybody has correct privacy settings.

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December 5, 2010

Abuse of Children- Spotting the Signs and Stopping it.

If you have been one of the thousands on people on facebook who have changed their page picture to a childhood cartoon character then you will know that this is to show support of the NSPCC, the charity to help stop abuse to thousands of children across the country. However, many do not know of what else to do to help children of child abuse. The NSPCC makes hundred of suggestions and ideas for those to help them show their support and help to stop the horrible statistics. Some are as easy as keeping your eyes and ears open.

The NSPCC has reviewed that almost 40% of children on the child protection register were under four years of age in 2006 meaning that babies and toddlers are at risk from child abuse and that two thirds of children killed at the hands of another person where under five years of age in 2005. Children over this age are also at risk of harrowing abuse with 16% of children under the age of sixteen experiencing sexual abuse. This is also a risk of boys as well as girls with 11% experiencing some form of sexual abuse under the age of sixteen.

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