12/03/2010 09:26 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Cartoons From The 80s, 90s Take Over Facebook Profile Pictures

Judging from the slew of searches for terms like "cartoon characters from the 80s," "Ren and Stimpy," and "Rugrats," it looks like the Facebook profile trend we wrote about recently has officially exploded.

As we explained here, cartoon character profile pictures are going viral on Facebook as users switch their photos to images of their favorite cartoons from their youth (See some of the characters here).

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 :D

The hot queries dominating Google Trends show that cartoon characters from Doug, Rugrats, Recess, Ren and Stimpy, Animaniacs, Aaahh! Real Monsters, Rocko's Modern Life, Strawberry Shortcake, and Angry Beavers are among the most popular options for the cartoon-ified Facebook profile pictures.

Will you change your profile picture? What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?