The smartphone is increasingly being revealed as the quickest, easiest way to mess up, lose, surrender and generally harm your children. Chief among the culprits is the app TikTok, which is now being used to coerce children into thinking sex-change surgery is “cool” and a solution to their teenage woes.
Analysis by the Mail on Sunday indicates that content posted by transgender “influencers” on the social media app has been seen by millions of young people. The short videos push transitioning and accessing hormone therapies on children.
TikTok was the UK’s most downloaded app last year, and more than a quarter of British TikTok users are between the ages of 15 and 25. Children aged between four and 15 who sign up on the service spend an average of 69 minutes on it every day, according to TikTok’s own numbers.
Videos with the hashtag #Trans have been seen more than 26 billion times, according to the Mail’s analysis.
It’s not by accident, either. TikTok entered a partnership this year with Stonewall, an LGBTQ rights group, to promote the “influencers'” content.
Examples include Bella Fitzpatrick, who raised $27,000 from followers in less than three months to pay for sex-change surgery. The 19-year-old Fitzpatrick has 700,000 followers whom he tells about transitioning and bypassing National Health Service waiting lists.
Alex Consani, 18, has more than 680,000 followers. At age 12, she was featured by Cosmopolitan magazine as a trans model.
Jaison Jowett shows viewers the process of transitioning, and one video is headlined: “Heal with me after top surgery!’ – which is disfiguring one’s upper body to resemble that of the opposite sex.
Another video begins poignantly with the words “I used to be a good Christian kid” before showing the transformation to a “trans, gay atheist who loves tattoos and chaos.”
Kate Harris of the LGB Alliance, which opposes Stonewall’s transgender stance, said: “Our major concern is that millions of impressionable children are watching these online influencers.”
Harris described how the influencers actively groom and entice children, saying: “The message is so often, “Don’t involve your parents.”