After her four-year-old daughter nearly killed herself while copying a video on TikTok, this concerned mother took to social media to warn other parents about the dangers of unsupervised gadget use.
Mara Ordinario shared her experience of finding her bubbly daughter Freya in such a scary situation in a viral Facebook post last year.
“She saw a video of a kid hanging him/herself and then she tried copying it using the venetian blinds pull cords in our bedroom. She wrapped her neck 3 times then jumped,” she posted.
“My innocent 4 y.o. baby girl almost lost her life because of some stupid TikTok video. Kaya guys, please, please, bantayan mabuti ang mga kiddos pati mga pinapanuod nila,” she added.
Mara spoke with The Philippine STAR about the incident in the hopes of raising awareness about the potential dangers lurking in apps and online platforms.
She claimed she was in the same room as Freya and her 10-month-old baby when the incident occurred.
Freya was doing her usual playtime routine of stacking pillows when Mara noticed she was already struggling to sit on their bed.
“Tas nung napansin ko, paglingon ko, nakahawak pa siya sa leeg niya, tapos nakita ko nakatali na ‘yung cord nung Venetian blinds (of a window above the bed) sa leeg niya. So wala nang sound na lumalabas sa kanya noon,” recounted the mother of two.
Fortunately, Freya was not in that position for more than 20 seconds because her mother quickly removed the cord from her neck.
Soon after rescuing Freya, the worried mother inquired of her daughter as to why she would do such a thing. After some prodding and assurances that she wouldn’t be angry, the four-year-old revealed that she saw a TikTok video of a child tying their neck before jumping and turning into a ghost.
“Saka niya sinasabi sa leeg daw tinatali, tapos tatalon daw yung bata, tapos magiging multo na ang bata,” she said.
Mara stated that after Freya explained the reason, she did not press for any additional information because it was also a traumatic experience for her daughter.
But, in a panic, she uninstalled TikTok without looking for the video her daughter was referring to. Until now, she claims, the device has remained confiscated.
“Ngayon pag kinausap ko siya, aware naman siya na masama talaga yun, na di dapat ulitin. Then we also explained to her that if ever may makita pa siya na ganun kung saan man, if makapag-YouTube siya or whatnot, if alam niyang masasaktan siya sa gagawin niya, ‘wag niya na gagawin kasi evil is everywhere talaga, nagpe-prey especially on the innocent minds of children.”
She honestly said, “Kasi di maiwasan siempre working parents kami, kumbaga yung time namin which we are both guilty din na kapag makulit, o sige mag-cellphone ka muna…”
Nonetheless, she attempted to limit her phone’s screen time for TikTok to one hour, but Freya was able to work around the restriction.
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Mara’s child, whom she described as “masayahin and makulit din,” enjoyed imitating viral TikTok dances. “Ang galing niya manggaya niya… So, I’m pretty sure kinopya lang talaga nita (yung nangyari).”
Meanwhile, her viral Facebook post last year has received 4.3k shares, 1.4k reactions, and 1.4k comments.
Mara stated that as a result of her post, many parents told her that they could relate to her, while others decided to delete the app from their phones as well.
“Very alarming kasi siya. I just don’t want it to happen na may ibang parents na di nila nakikita na yung anak nila na gawin yun. Kasi sobrang nakakatakot yung feeling.
“Imagine yung mga iniisip ko at that time. Paano kung nasa CR ako or nasa labas na ako at the time na ginawa niya yun? Ayoko lang may iba pang makaramdam ng ganon,” she said.
Mara, on the other hand, has “learned a lot” from her experience as a parent, including how to be more vigilant in monitoring her children’s gadget usage.
“Kelangan lang talaga natin sila bantayan kasi hindi naman natin controlled yung mga content nung mga pinopost ng mga tao. Yung iba, for them, it’s just for fun. Pero hindi nila alam na may mga bata na nakakapanood.”
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