How a new trend is prompting moms to delete photos of kids from TikTok

A group of parents, mostly mothers, responded to a recent ICT Tac trend by deleting all images of their children that they previously shared from the app.

And they inspire others to do the same.

It all started after users discovered that videos shared by a popular mother-daughter duo TikTok account (@wren.eleanor) had been recorded more than 50,000 times.

Other users also noticed inappropriate comments posted on the three-year-old videos Wren.

In addition to many suggested queries regarding the account and toddler name were searched online; with photos and videos of Wren reposted on the Internet.

The new information has raised concerns about the privacy and safety of children on the app, as well as conversations with other parents who are also creators.

Many have chosen to delete all images of their children and have decided not to post them publicly again, whether on TikTok or any other social media app.

“Seriously in tears about this little girl, such a sick world with sick people #WrenEleanor #protectourchildren“, wrote a mother in the caption of a video shared with her nearly 23,000 followers who explained why her daughter is now absent from all her messages.

Even people who aren’t parents have felt the need to delete images they shared of underage parents and friends’ children.

Others used the hashtag #SaveWren, in part to highlight their concerns about unintentional child exploitation, but to get the attention of the adult behind the account.

JacquelineWren’s mother and owner of the TikTok account, addressed the #SaveWren hashtags in a now-deleted video that was posted on TikTok.

The video was titled “Hateful Comments We Receive as Influencers” and featured Jacquelyn alongside five other creators. In the video, Jacquelyn allegedly equated the hashtag with hate criticism.

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And continued to mock those who accused the mother of exploiting her child.

TikTok users, unhappy with Jacquelyn’s response, won’t just move on. Instead, they used the situation as a tool to educate parents who might otherwise freely share photos of their children.

“As a parent, when you know better, you have to do better,” one user pointed out, explaining the rabbit hole of scary information she unearthed about a person who commented “cute” on one of the photos of Wren.

Apparently, this photo of Wren was one of many pictures of children, some only a few months old, that the stranger had saved on Pinterest.

“Something that we would consider so innocent,” she said, has become fuel for online predators.

Although the story is disturbing, it is not really new – protecting children from the dangers of those lurking on the Internet has been a struggle since its inception. The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) helped Microsoft develop age-based guidance for Internet use more than 10 years ago.

That said, this new trend has certainly highlighted the growing concern about the world’s access to children when they aren’t the ones posting online.

Parade has reached out to Jacquelyn for comment.

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Lance B. Holton