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As many recent blogs have focussed on the topic, there's something which disturbs me about social media. This is the overwhelming number of fundraising ads which draw attention to mistreatment of children.

Don't get me wrong. It's the kind of thing that should be brought to our attention I am engaged in something similar myself in an overseas context, but even there I know that I'm describing something which is outside the norms of behaviour.

My discomfort is that what comes across from the relentless campaigning is the perception that child abuse happens behind the doors of every second home in the UK. Something which to me seems an unhealthy perception to create deliberately.

Jeff Mowatt

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Jai. I'm trying to raise awareness of neglect and it focusses on those who are expendable, such as those used for child pornography and those abandoned into state care. In many ways these are examples of a culture that accepts children may be harmed. http://www.ecademy.com/node.php?id=140056 The primary objective of the last 6 years has been to leverage change that will see all children in a family home environment

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Jai Auguste

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Ok, so what else do you think it could do? Where could its focus be? Jai Auguste Digital Signage and AV specialist AV-Lution Let the AVLution Revolution begin... Look what we've just installed...

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Jeff Mowatt

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Hi Jai, Not anyone's "fault" as such. Social media has shown to be powerful in the ability to draw attention to causes. What it doesn't seem to be doing however is making a difference to the scale of the problem. I've just been looking at some statistics from the US which indicate a steady growth in abuse http://www.childhelp.org/pages/statistics.

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Jai Auguste

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Take your point, and think it's a good one. However, is this social media's fault? Social media is a platform that has become popular for individuals and businesses to share ideas and communicate. The way it is used (commercially and privately) is not necessarily the fault of 'social media'. Jai Auguste Digital Signage and AV specialist AV-Lution Let the AVLution Revolution begin... Look what we've just installed...

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Thomas Power

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Hear hear Jeff and the source is loneliness or lack of love.

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Martin Dewhurst

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Lynne Twist, one of the worlds top fundraisers made a conscious decision back in the early days when fundraising for The Hunger Project, never to use images of hungry or abused people to create "guilt" in the eyes of people observing their fundraising materials. It is or was the way things were done, to pull out the 'negative' image to pull on heart strings to stimulate a donation. However, what Lynne discovered after thousands of fundraisers around the world was that the donation created through "guilt" was often a one off. There are two directions of travel as I see it Jeff. One is to inspire possibility, to move towards a potential greater than what is around in the present context. The other is to instil fear. To highlight everything that is wrong and complain endlessly about how bad everything is. My sense of this whole, massive picture is that to transition from a fear based reality to a possibility based reality takes time. Like nature, everything arrives in its own right time. We can't force the oak to grow in 1 year, neither can we expect the seasons to roll into one. To see and experience the transition we have to be willing to learn, open to possibility and courageous enough to step out of our comfort zones. Yes child abuse is common place AND there are success stories in every community. Highlight these and we all move towards the possibilities these affirmations of our potential provide. Martin

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