Mothers on TikTok are removing pictures of their children after raising concerns about where the footage will end up – accusing one mom of allowing pedophiles to target her child.
Parents of young toddlers are concerned with the amount of videos of the youngsters that are being saved by potential pedophiles online, and are now urging others to be more careful.
The movement was sparked after the mothers spotted a worrying trend with TikTok’s ‘most popular’ three-year-old girl, Wren Eleanor.
Wren, whose mom Jacquelyn has posted photos and videos of her on the social media site since she was born, has more than 17 million followers on the platform.
Her account features hundreds of seemingly innocent videos of the blonde toddler playing and enjoying days out with her mother and grandma, along with sponsored content.
Jacquelyn began receiving an onslaught of abuse after online sleuths pointed out that videos of the three-year-old playing in the bath and holding tampons were being saved by hundreds of thousands of people.
TikTok allows users to save content that they like to their accounts. Some mothers, however, warn the feature is being used as a catalogue for pedophiles to share images of children.
Jacquelyn deleted videos from her account that received the most backlash after concerns were pointed out to her.
Now mothers have turned against the popular account, accusing Jacquelyn of knowingly exposing her daughter to pedophiles and predators, sharing videos with the tag #savewren and #protectthechildren.
The vigilante mothers have also claimed that Jacquelyn is deliberately ignoring concerns because she receives payment for advertisements with her daughter, which include brands like Shein and Khol’s.
Wren and Jacquelyn have 17.3million followers on their account with more than 560million likes, and are estimated to earn around $13,000 per post – but brand sponsorship deals vary on the company.
TikToker Kelso, @allthings.kelso, captioned her video talking about Wren ‘#SavetheChildren,’ which has been viewed over 674,000 times.
The video, which has now been deleted, had almost 400,000 saves and thousands of ‘creeps’ in the comments.
Predators are also able to use smartphone’s screen-recording feature to record or screenshot content directly to their phones without being accounted for by the app.
Kelso added: ‘Obviously there are creeps everywhere and they’re a lot of things you cannot control when it comes to protecting children.
‘But you can control the content you post of your own children on social media.’
A second user, Danielle Tilley, added in a video: ‘It’s the creeps’ fault and I agree, but the fact of the matter is they are out there and they are not leaving any time soon.
‘And it is your job as a parent to protect your child.’