A continuing trend on Instagram involving child role-play has aroused suspicion from mothers and the general public.
Users create accounts where they post images of random children and usually include their name, age, likes and dislikes in the caption as well as hashtags like #babyrp or #kidrp, the Washington Post reports. Participants in the role-play comment things like, “Wanna go home sweetie?” and “*claps and giggles* oo bee my momma!” as if they are speaking to the manifested child.
Prominent accounts, like @adoptionrp, are often anonymous or private. The aforementioned account is one of many that act as an adoption agency for role-play enthusiasts. Other users can “adopt” pictured children and appear to be creating virtual families of their own.
The users involved are presumably, but not exclusively, youth. While some accounts appear harmless and act as a platform for children’s imaginations, others take it to an inappropriate level.
A petition to end the role-play accounts was released over a year ago, but Instagram has done little to eradicate the trend, according to the Washington Times. Accounts such as @babyrp_revealed and @stop_babyrp have been created to call out users involved.