A mother has gone public on social media to call out a TikTok creator who posted her son’s now-viral video without her consent, saying that the “situation has gone out of hand.”
In a public video posted on Facebook on November 22, Adie De Castro called out the man who posted a video of her son who wanted to get some ice cream at a pay play area in a mall. The TikTok material from user account Nico Meneses shows a man giving his son some ice cream, before Adie’s son was seen in the frame. Adie’s son was then told, ‘Uy di naman kita anak ah, gusto mo rin? Pabili ka sa mama mo.’
De Castro said the incident happened on November 17, and the video was posted on November 20. She initially chose to keep mum about the unauthorized posting of her son on a stranger’s social media account, but when things “got out of hand,” she decided it was time to act.
"Ang ikinakatakot ko po ay paglaki ng anak ko, na makikita niya na ganoon pala ang nangyari at maiisip niya na wala kaming ginawa." —Adie De Castro
“Kaya kami ay nagpasya na ma-stop ito. Kagaya ng mga ordinaryong ina, ano po ba ang gagawin ninyo kapag nangyari ito sa inyong anak?” said De Castro, who shared that her son has developmental delays and that all they wanted was to have fun at a mall to improve their family’s mental health.
De Castro said her family already reached out to the Philippine National Police’s Cybercrime Unit so they could determine their next legal step. She also lamented that the video has not been taken down.
“Ayaw i-take down, bakit po? Para sa views, para sa pera? Hindi ko pa po maintindihan kung bakit kami pa po ang dapat mag-reach out sa kanila gayung anak namin ang ginagamit nila para maka-gain ng monetary reward for views, for content? she added.
“Kung ano man ang motibo at intensiyon ng mga taong ito, ay siguro po sila lang ang nakakaalam. Kung mayroon pong hindi magandang aksyon ang aking anak, patawarin po nila, dahil ito ay bata at musmos pa,” she added in her video message.
The video gained over 1 million views before it was taken off TikTok around 11:30 pm on November 22. Many parents called out Meneses for the inappropriate way he talked to the child. Netizens also mentioned the boy was further humiliated when Meneses posted it on social media.
Meanwhile, De Castro said she spoke publicly because she doesn't want her son to think that his parents did nothing when he was ridiculed online.
“Ang ikinakatakot ko po ay paglaki ng anak ko, na makikita niya na ganoon pala ang nangyari at maiisip niya na wala kaming ginawa,” she said.
Watch Adie De Castro's full statement here. Smart Parenting has obtained permission to share this video.
What do you think of this incident, parents?