Wren Eleanor and #savewren: Mom forced to defend TikTok daughter after content was ‘found’ on child porn sites

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Three year old Wren Eleanor loves the color pink and plays with her toys and dreams of being a “skeleton” when she grows up.

The seemingly typical American preschooler has captured the attention of nearly 18 million people around the world — but not always for the right reasons.

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WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Jacquelyn weighs in on the dark web

In 2019, Wren’s mother Jacquelyn set up a TikTok account called @wren.eleanor to document her daughter’s growth.

The first video she posted was a 12-second clip showing Wren as a newborn, and Jacquelyn has since uploaded seemingly mundane videos of her now toddler.

However, the unemployed “mum-ager” has come under fire for “exploiting” her child – the account brings a lucrative income to the single mother – and potentially putting the little girl at risk.

Jacquelyn and Wren have 222,000 followers on Instagram. Recognition: Instagram/tiktokwren

What began as a seemingly harmless pursuit has turned into something far more sinister — with online claims that Wren’s content is appearing on the dark web and child pornography sites.

The speculation has forced Jacquelyn to seek advice from the police and FBI, who she says have found “no evidence” that Wren’s picture was misused.

Yet the mother continues to document her little girl’s development for the whole world to see – sparking international outrage and an online movement to “Save Wren”.

In a recent three-minute video explanation on TikTok – which has been viewed more than 10 million times – Jacquelyn tried to address the global concerns.

“Wren is my number one priority and her upbringing and safety is my top priority, 24 hours a day,” she said.

“You must know that no law enforcement agencies I have consulted with, including the FBI, have found evidence of my daughter’s likeness appearing on inappropriate websites.

“These rumors are 100 percent false.”

“Stop posting your kids online”

Jacquelyn says she started the TikTok account to host her daughter while she grows up.

“What started out as a hobby of making a digital[record]for my daughter Wren grew into an interesting role for me as a stay-at-home single mom,” Jacquelyn said, adding that she earns revenue from posting brand-related content.

The first video posted in 2019 was captioned: “Man’s Lady”.

It has been viewed 238,000 times, has more than 18,000 likes and has been saved 868 times.

In a more recent video, Wren is shown trying to catch a water balloon, which bursts leaving her top soaking wet.

The clip has been viewed 16.9 million times, has more than 538,000 likes and 13,300 saves.

Mom Jacquelyn shares pictures and videos of her daughter Wren on multiple social media platforms. Recognition: Instagram/tiktokwren

Over the past three years, the account’s tremendous growth has caught the attention of viewers – particularly its approximately four million male followers.

Many have left disturbing comments.

“I love these pictures, I will take them and put them in my room,” wrote one man.

“She’s so mature for her age,” commented another man.

“Your daughter is so cute,” read another.

With #SaveWren, cyber sleuths have started using the hashtag — and digging deeper into the people leaving inappropriate comments.

However, it’s the app’s “save” feature that’s the focus of concern now, with concerned Wren supporters claiming that its content is being distributed privately.

The storage feature allows users to save videos on TikTok or share them with other social media accounts.

TikTok users point out that predators can easily use the screen recording feature on a smartphone to save content directly to their phone without being tracked.

Wren supporters quickly began reaching out to Jacquelyn, letting her know about some of the “grabs” in the comments and the number of saves her videos received.

Others took to social media platform Reddit, sharing screenshots of top search terms related to Wren to illustrate the seriousness of the situation.

On both TikTok and Google, terms like “@wren.eleanor eats hot dog,” “@wren.eleanor eats cucumber,” and “@wren.eleanor balloons in pants” were just a few of the commonly searched phrases.

Some even claimed they saw Wren’s videos shared on porn sites.

However, her screams went unnoticed in the thousands of comments Wren’s content amassed.

concerns of mothers

Concerned moms started using #SaveWren to create their own videos and warn other parents about the dangers of online predators.

On the back of videos like Wren eating the hot dog – which has been saved nearly 375,000 times – concerned parents began removing images of their own children from their accounts.

When US mom Makayla Musick came across Wren’s, she told Fox News Digital, “I always knew there were sick people in the world who do things like this.”

“Wren’s story has brought a lot of light to all sick people in the world,” Musick said.

“So I’ve decided to remove my own daughter’s photos from anyone who isn’t close family/close friends.

“I took the initiative to remove her photos before anything like Wren’s situation could happen to my own daughter.”

Musick is not alone.

Thousands of mothers around the world are taking advantage of what is known as the “Wren Effect” where parents are removing their children’s social media footprint due to the emerging situation with Wren Eleanor.

In the US, Jacquelyn began deleting videos and comments and was silent for a few months.

In her recent video statement, the besieged mother said the past few months had been “incredibly distressing”.

She also noted the “rumours” she spotted in the comments section of her posts.

“Creating videos talking about surly rumors about my three-year-old daughter appearing on porn sites is not proof,” she said defiantly.

Jacquelyn said police and the FBI had found no connection between Wren and the dark web, adding, “Wren is a happy, healthy three-year-old.”

She says she will now spend time filtering comments and blocking people she deems inappropriate.

But the mother says there is no evidence to support the claims that Wren’s picture was abused and she will continue to document her toddler’s life online.

“Mom, don’t embarrass me because we have different parenting styles,” she said.

She ends her testimony by asking if anyone has “evidence” that her daughter’s content is being used inappropriately to contact her directly through her email address in her bio.

Rumors continue

Jacquelyn’s video didn’t silence the rumors, and many Wren supporters continued to voice their concerns.

“Yet a child continues to be exploited for money,” commented one.

“The truth is, she doesn’t care. The money is too good…so she’ll do whatever she wants anyway,” agreed another.

Reddit accounts dedicated to Wren’s safety continue to claim that Wren’s videos are all over illegal sites and that predators continue to lurk in the comments.

TikTok developers continue to use the “wren effect” to educate parents about the dangers of a child’s online presence.

The Australian Federal Police say children’s cybersecurity is more important than ever.

How to protect your children

  • Keep your child’s personal information private, including full name and age
  • Make sure the background of photos or videos doesn’t reveal your address or location
  • Avoid posting photos in school uniform
  • Only share pictures of your children with people you know and trust
  • For community accounts, consider a closed group with strong privacy settings.

How to report child abuse online

  • If you believe a child is in imminent danger, call the police on Triple-0 or visit your local police station
  • If your child is struggling online, it’s important to collect evidence – take screenshots or photos of the content. Once you’ve gathered your evidence, block and report the app, website, or platform that’s having the issue.

Sexual exploitation of children online can be reported to the ACCCE (Australian Center to Counter Child Exploitation) or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

If you or someone you know has been affected by child sexual abuse or online exploitation, support services are available.

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