With 1.7m TikTok followers and over 673,000 Instagram followers, 26-year-old Naomi Neo is arguably one of Singapore’s most notable influencers. Her style, sweet look and seemingly IG-perfect lifestyle have been admired by her many fans.
However, when Naomi posted a #ghostprank video on her TikTok account last month, the public’s reactions were mixed.
@naomineo Apologised with tears already 😭 #ghostprank #fyp ♬ suara kuntilanak – solehudin1294
Posted on 11 August 2022, the video — which has garnered a whopping 2.4m likes to date — showed Naomi, her hubby Han and 4-year-old son Kyzo in a bathroom. The couple then scurried off, closing the door behind them and leaving Kyzo alone.
Towards the end of the video, Kyzo immediately became petrified and ran for the door when a ghost figure appeared on the mobile screen. To make matters worse, the child couldn’t open the door even after trying a second time.
As of today, the video has drawn over 28,609 comments, some of which saw the “fun” in the prank, reacting with laughing emoticons. A netizen commented: “This is so entertaining to watch.” Another added, “Lol like me when I was 4.”
However others weren’t too impressed by the viral video, with one commenter writing: “Don’t do that, he will be traumatised.” “I don’t think this is funny at all,” wrote another.
Appreciate the advice, but let’s not tell a mom/dad what works best for their kids.♬ suara kuntilanak – solehudin1294
A few days later, Naomi posted a follow-up video, captioning it: “Appreciate the advice, but let’s not tell a mom/dad what works best for their kids.”
The clip started with Kyzo telling Naomi: “I want to do again [sic].” In response, Naomi turned on the ghost filter and this time, Kyzo could be seen laughing. At the end of the video, the mother and son smiled into the camera with the ghost filter in the background.
That’s not all. Naomi posted another prank video this month, tricking Kyzo into believing that the rest of the family is going to Australia without him. After learning that he couldn’t join the family trip, Kyzo broke into tears.
Parents playing jokes on their children isn’t new. In fact, there are already such videos on social media. But does that mean it’s okay to tease the young ones? And how far is too far? We reached out to Syaza Hanafi, Clinical Psychologist at Psychology Blossom for answers.