The risk of your kid doing a stupid dare is no longer limited to peer pressure at school. Any child with access to social media can be exposed to these sometimes gross, sometimes dangerous challenges that are trending online on platforms like YouTube and TikTok.
Childish (and sometimes harmful) dares are nothing new. For instance, “bloody knuckles” and “hand slaps” are pain-inducing games that kids and teenagers have been playing for years. But today, kids are performing increasingly dangerous and potentially deadly challenges, then posting videos of the acts online in order to gain likes and views.
Here are some of the popular challenges kids are trying.
This challenge maybe not be linked to YouTube, but it has begun to trend on TikTok, another popular video platform. Also known as the #PennyChallenge, this dare has people trying to go viral by putting phone chargers halfway into outlets and dropping coins onto the exposed prongs in order to create sparks. It goes without saying that playing with electrical sockets is dangerous because of the risk of electricution, but this challenge can also cause power outages and electrical fires. Cover your outlets!