Why Parents Need to Stop Scaring Their Kids with Social Media Filters

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The Doctors and parenting expert Dr. Deborah Gilboa have a message for parents scaring their kids with filters on social media -- stop, it could be traumatizing them.

A popular trend on TikTok is using a filter where someone's head changes into something like a horse head and this is done while holding a young child, who is usually confused and scared by what they are seeing on the phone.

While this may seem amusing to some, our parenting expert explains it is far from humorous to a child or baby.

"I get it, it's funny to us, but for babies, we are their only safety," she says, explaining when you wear a scary costume or use a social media filter where you become unrecognizable, it is "pulling the foundation right out from under them."

"This is kind of the basis of trauma. We want to avoid those experiences for them when we can," she continues.

Dr. Gilboa also notes these filters can be damaging for older kids. An older child may understand using a filter is pretend, but when the older child sees a parent using one to scare a baby, this teaches the older child that it is okay to terrorize their younger siblings.

OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry says to the parents posting videos with filters scaring their babies, "Read the room," noting she has yet to see a baby in one of these videos appear to enjoy themself.

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