Yes, you read that right. People are now using the Internet to shame babies, which proves technology is both a blessing and curse.
But one mom is turning that curse into a blessing for her and her son.
Meet Jessica Benton and her 10-month-old son Landon. He’s chubby and he’s adorable and in case you missed it, he’s 10 months old.
He’s also kind of a big deal on Instagram with more than 44,000 followers, an account Benton started so she could follow other cute baby Instagram pages, trendy baby brands, and online baby stores.
I wanted to dress him really cute, but I also didnt want to overshare photos of him on Facebook, she said.
On Instagram I didnt have friends and family following me on there,” she continued, “so I could put as many photos of Landon up as I wanted.
But then things took a turn.
Someone took a photo from Landons Instagram account, posted it on their Facebook page with the caption Stuff Curry a mean-spirited play on two-time NBA MVPStephen “Steph” Curry’s name.
Not only that, they encouraged others to make fat-shaming jokes about the baby.
Online users continued to make fat-shaming jokes about Landonand when Jessica reached out to the user, he blocked her and refused to take it down.
In fact, it has since been shared over 9,000 times, and from there it went to entertainment websites like WorldStar HipHop, Hood Vines, and a few other places.
She reported the situation to Facebook, but was told no terms or conditions had been breached and so nothing could be done, but they arenow investigating the incident.
And as if havingstrangers calling her babyafat ass and questioningher parenting skills wasn’t bad enough, Benton alsohad a 20-year-old son who was the victim of high school bullying and committed suicide while she was pregnant with Landon.
I want to protect my children probably 100 times more than the average mum because our family has been affected by suicide, one of the worst things a family can go through, she said. I dont want another child hurt.
Although sheinitially set Landon’s account to private after the incident, she reached out to another mom who had been in a similar situation and decided to take control.
After a week I decided that I would turn it into something positive, she said, and that’s exactly what she did.
Instead of fighting it, she decided to embrace the name Stuff Curry and even ordered baby Landon a Warriors jersey with Stuff written on the back.
The responses from their followers has been overwhelmingly positive, and she hasreceived countless messages from victims of bullying inspired by how she has turned a negative situation into a positive one.
I get messages from people who told me that they were having a really bad day, but then they saw a picture of Landon and it brightened up their day, she said. And that makes me really happy.
But more than anything, she just wants people to remember that you never know how deeply your words can affect somebody else.
“People have no filter online and it’s really sad,” she said. “I hope that when Landon gets older he stands up for other people who are bullied.”
Given the strong example she set, there’s no doubt that he’ll do just that.
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