Facebook Campaigns to Convince Parents to Get A Pet
I am sure you have seen these Facebook Campaigns where “children” (some could just be scams to get a picture to go viral) get on Facebook and say if we get X numbers of likes on this picture our mom and dad will get us a dog / cat / horse. You get the idea. Ok sure its fun to see how fast the kids can get to a million likes on the picture but really getting a new puppy or kitten or pony is not as easy as getting a million people to like a picture. Great you now have a million likes or whatever the absurd number is but a pet is a lot of responsibility. Those million people are not going to help your family pay the vet bills or food bills for your new pet. Those million people are not going to walk the dog when it is freezing rain or ride the horse for you when you want to be hanging out with your friends.
So really what are we teaching children by clicking like on those pictures? Certainly not that pets are a major responsibility. And certainly not that having a pet is as easy as a bunch of strangers clicking like on a picture. While mom and dad might have thought the target number would never happens what if it does in under 13 hours like the most recent campaign for a pet so now you as a parent have to say what? Either ok lets go pick it out or no sorry kids we aren’t ready for a new pet. The most recent family to get to their million likes had a dog that passed away due to cancer so they do know the responsibility and cost associated with owning a dog and the parents probably weren’t ready for a new addition whether it was because of grief, time, or financial capability.
For most adults they would see this as a stalling tactic telling their child sure go ahead and post Facebook Campaigns to Convince Parents to Get a Pet. But it backfires because everyone initial reaction is sure every little boy or girl should have a pet so they click like or they click like because hey its not their kid and they aren’t the ones that now have to take on the added responsibility. Plus in all the cases I have seen of similar Facebook campaigns the child / children get to the target and within days the family has a new dog or cat. There is no waiting to make sure they have all the supplies they need or the time to take care of a new addition the pressure from strangers is so high that they have to run out and get the promised animal. Even rescues ramp up the pressure with invitations to visit their facilities where they promise to showcase all their available puppies or kittens to the family. Heck they can even accommodate them after school that day.
What do you think about these Facebook Campaigns to Convince Parents to Get A Pet