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.
The “Outlet Challenge” is a dangerous TikTok trend has already gained plenty of negative press attention for its destructive consequences. A phone charger is partially plugged into a power outlet, leaving the prongs partially exposed. Kids then drop quarters onto the prongs, creating showers of sparks.
Numerous incidents have been reported of the outlet challenge going wrong, including a situation in January where Massachusetts firefighters were called to a school. Two teens are currently facing charges in connection with the incident. Read more about it here.
This plainly unhygienic viral trend involves one person acting as a “bowl” by lying on their back and filling their mouth with cereal and milk. Next, a second person uses the spoon to eat cereal right out of their buddy’s mouth.
While no official health warnings have bubbled up over the messy TikTok trend, many internet users are disgusted. “In the last decade i was up for the innuendo bingo and ice bucket challenges,” one Twitter use wrote, per The Sun, “but eating cereal outta someone else’s mouth… nah I’m out.” Meanwhile, another Twitter user commented, “Someone’s gonna choke to death with that #cerealchallenge.”
Inspired by the Drake song “In My Feelings,” which contains the lyric, “Kiki, do you love me?,” this trend sees TikTok users exiting slow-moving vehicles while in motion and dancing to the tune alongside them.
Since the trend surfaced in 2018, numerous TikTok users have been injured, including Ann Worden of Iowa. In 2018, Worden fell while attempting the challenge, sustaining a fractured skull, brain bleeding and blood clots. “It may seem fun, and it may seem easy, but at the same time, they could be so dangerous,” Worden later said of TikTok challenges, per The Sun.
Salt and Ice Challenge
One of many pre-existing “challenges” to make its way to the TikTok platform, the salt and ice challenge has been kicking around the internet since around 2012. It involves putting salt on one’s skin and holding an ice cube on the spot for as long as possible. The combination creates a chemical reaction that causes pain and can lead to frostbite, first- or second-degree burns, and blisters, according to The Daily Dot.