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Why is Everyone's Facebook Picture a Cartoon? Top Cartoon Characters from the 70s, 80s & 90s Help Fight Against Childhood Violence in 2010. + Get Your Facebook Character Pictures Here Free!

Cartoons from the 80s and 90s are taking over Facebook pictures right now. (See some of the characters here). But why?

At first I though this was because we’re all feeling nostalgic for our childhood around this time of year. But after a little research, I found that people are using characters from the past to help kids in the present.

Keep reading to find out how.

(Photo from FanPop)

According to status messages being shared on Facebook, the switch to cartoon characters is part of an effort to combat child abuse. One user wrote,

“From now until December 7, change your profile picture to a cartoon character from your childhood. The objective of this is not to see any human faces on facebook but an invasion of memories for the fight against Violence to Children. Remember we were kids too!”

That takes Care Bears to a whole new level of caring!

I do wish there was a little more direction here. I mean, awareness is good…but action is better. My Twitter pal @thekitchette from The Kitchenette said:

“I hate that nowhere in the instructions, does it mention that you might post a link to a violence-prevention charity or similar…seems like a direct link would be a lot more helpful than a cartoon as your profile pic. But any attention is good attention right?”

I couldn’t agree more. So let’s just consider this a first step. And I look forward to seeing where this leads us.

But in the meantime…. Captain Caveman? Hong Kong Phooey? Smurfs? Or my favorites…The Wonder Twins!

Here are my picks for the 30 coolest cartoon characters.

What will you change your Facebook status to?

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