The mother of a teen influencer from Brazil deleted her daughter’s Instagram and TikTok accounts, claiming that social media are “unhealthy”.
The 14-year-old influencer, Valentina, went by the name Nina Ros on social media, and had 1,7 million followers combined.
The mother, Fernanda Rocha Kanner, explained that she didn’t want her daughter to judge herself based on ‘online feedback’.
Valentina had gathered over 1.7 million followers before her mother intervened.
Yet, Fernanda maintains that her role as a mother was ‘not to be your buddy’, and adds that she hopes that Valentina will eventually realize that the action taken was for her own good.
The determined mother said:
“I don’t think it’s healthy even for an adult and much less for a teenager to base her self-discovery on online feedback. It’s hard enough for you to find out who you are at 14 years old. When there are two million you’ve never seen in your life thinking they know you, it’s even more dangerous. It’s easier to lose yourself.”
She admitted that her decision was ‘radical’ but ‘necessary’.
She decided that she had to act fast when she went through her daughter’s accounts and came across ’30 identical selfies and little dances that anyone can do’.
She said she didn’t want Valentina ‘to grow up believing she’s this character,’
“I don’t want her advertising flammable polyester clothing made in China. I don’t want my brilliant daughter doing her daily dances like a trained baboon. It’s a sad generation for which this counts as fame.”
Her daughter said of the event:
“I obviously wasn’t very happy. I got quite angry.”
Yet, when she was asked whether she intends to return on social media, Valentina said:
“At the moment, I don’t want to. It’s going to be something that’s only going to get in my way and it will only make it worse.”