Creepy ‘Baby Role-Playing’ Trend With #StolenPhotos Is Terrifying New #Moms
A growing Internet trend called “baby role-playing” is freaking new moms out enough to start online petitions, begging #socialmedia sites to shut down pages with their #children’s stolen photos.
The creepy new trend involves stealing baby photos from strangers’ social media pages, like Instagram, and pretending they are part of another family.
Fast Company has started a report on the eerie trend in which strangers—mostly young teenage #girls—will steal #baby pictures on #Instagram and create “fantasy families” out of the photos.
For example, a participant of “baby role-playing” might upload a random baby photo on social media and post the #child’s fake name, birth weight, age, likes, and dislikes.
In turn, other users will respond with questions directed toward the baby, like: “You’re so adorable, how old are you?” or “Do you like #flowers?”
Needless to say, the real #parents of these babies are beyond freaked out that their children are being used as fake props and ways for other people to act out their family fantasies.
One North Carolina mom named Jenny told Fast Company that her own daughter was a victim of this horrific trend.
She said a random user named “Nikki” stole a picture of her baby girl from Instagram, renamed her Wyatt, and fabricated details about the fake #babyboy’s #birth story.
Some Instagrammers have even gone as far as creating “virtual adoption agencies,” where users can request their perfect #children.
The major problem, of course, is that the photos of these babies are mostly stolen, and their names, ages, and personalities are all made up.
Some websites, like #BabyNames.com, are able to regulate the role-playing to make sure it doesn’t get out of hand.
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Do you find this new #trend concerning? Let us know in the comments!
This is super creepy. Role playing is cool, but stealing pictures of other people’s kids to do so, is not.