Disgusting comments left on videos of a three-year-old American TikTok star have once again sparked a debate over how much parents can ethically share about their children online.
Dance Mums are nothing new – pushing their children to perform like circus monkeys whether they like it or not – but now that they’ve gone online, social media is adding a whole new set of dangers.
Jaquelyn, the single mother of the adorable girl, is particularly suffering backlash after not only ignoring disturbing comments left on videos of her daughter – particularly when she’s eating – but continuing to post questionable videos.
Fans of @wren.eleanor’s TikTok account started noticing that incredibly disturbing, sexualised comments from some of its 17.3 million followers were appearing on videos of the young girl doing things like eating, pretending to shave her legs and taking a bath in her bathers.
“I would die for that taste,” one comment read, next to heart-eye emojis.
“If I catch her, I will bite her lips,” said another.
“Eat that banana baby”, “can I be her daddy” and “she’s kinda hot” are among other comments people have been leaving on videos of the three-year-old.
Earlier this week, Jaquelyn posted a video of herself talking about what she calls “false rumours” and defending her “different parenting style”.
“The last couple of months have been incredibly distressing … I’m not sure how this conspiracy theory got started and spiralled out of control,” she said in the TikTok video. “What you need to know is that no law enforcement agencies I conferred with, including the FBI, have found any proof that my daughter’s image has appeared on any adult websites.”
She then asks anyone with proof to contact her about it, stating that her daughter’s “upbringing and safety is my top job”.
Fellow parenting content creator, Caleb Finn, called out Jaquelyn’s claims, saying “you haven’t learned anything”.
“If your child’s upbringing and safety were your number one priority, we would have no idea who your daughter is,” he continued.
“We would not know what she looks like, we wouldn’t know her name, we certainly wouldn’t be seeing your daughter pretending to shave in compromising positions or in a bathing suit taking a bath.”
Finn also questioned if Jaquelyn is really suggesting she’ll only act to protect her daughter when someone is able to provide proof that her images are on an adult website.
“Parents parent, I get it,” continued Finn, who uses an online pseudonym along with his wife, for safety, and always blurs his child’s face.
“You want to show the world how beautiful and funny your kid is, I get it. But here’s the kicker Jaquelyn – kids can’t consent. Kids deserve privacy, digital scrapbooks don’t have to be posted online.”
While some fans have since defended Jaquelyn, others were quick to point out that while she ended by saying that she’d protect her daughter by removing viewers’ ability to save or download the videos, she failed to do so on the very next one she posted.
That video once again featured her daughter eating a variety of foods.
“What happened to ‘saves’ being turned off?” asked one.
“What’s weird to me is that after the big incident she posted another carnival video where this whole creepy man thing started. Seriously?” stated another.
“Anyone concerned there’s 22.4k saves?” another pointed out, with plenty of other commenters raising the same question.
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