TikTok has become a popular social media juggernaut, particularly with young people and teens. At the same time, troubling reports have emerged recently about the dangerous things kids are doing to get noticed on the platform. Here are some of the most dangerous TikTok trends to watch out for to keep your kids and teens safe.
Variations of this trend, which is also known as the “choking game,” have been around since long before TikTok. (Time reported that 82 children died playing the game between 1995 and 2007 in the US alone.) It involves cutting off one’s air supply until the point of unconsciousness.
While it’s not clear what the point is, it can produce deadly results. A 10-year-old girl died while participating in the TikTok “blackout game” (pictured above). The shocking loss prompted data protection watchdogs to call for a ban on the platform for users with unconfirmed ages. TikTok is reportedly working with authorities on the matter.
Sexy “Silhouette Challenge”
The “Silhouette Challenge/Trend” uses a Snapchat filter called “vin rouge” to add a colored tint to users’ videos. From there, all it takes is a little creativity with lighting and flare for striking a sexy pose. It’s been around since at least the summer of 2020, when the online anime community popularized it. However, the trend has blown up in recent weeks, partially thanks to a clip uploaded by Chloe Bailey of the pop group Chloe x Halle.
The danger? Those filters can be removed by clever users, exposing whatever you’re wearing — or not wearing.
“Just make sure you’re being cognizant of what you’re wearing,” warned TikTok user and photographer @lostvsnryshots. “Anyone can easily take those images and revert them back to the original. So if you’re wearing a bra and panties, or you’re nude, or whatever you did before you applied the editing to get that shadow look, just know that it’s really easy to put it back to the original.”
Gorilla Glue Trend
This is less of a challenge or something that people are flocking to try, and more of a cautionary tale.
Tessica Brown ran out of her Got2b Glued hair spray and decided to improvise using the super-strong adhesive Gorilla Glue. She ended up needing medical professionals to help her remove it safely, and the whole incident was chronicaled on TikTok.
Enter Len Martin, who told Fox 8 news, “I thought she was just playing around, I didn’t think it was that serious, that Gorilla Glue would really do all that, you know?” He ended up using Gorilla Glue to stick a plastic solo cup to his lip and up in the emergency room to have it removed.
The lesson? There’s a price to finding viral fame. Oh, and don’t use Gorilla Glue for anything other than its intended purpose.
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