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 — updated for Fall 2021.
Milk Crate Challenge
The trend involves stacking several milk crates into a stair formation and attempting to climb to the top. While the challenge sounds simple enough, the stacked milk crates form a less-than-stable foundation for climbing. The result? Countless videos of hapless climbers tumbling from milk crate towers.
Medical professionals have spoken out against the challenge, citing an obvious risk of grave injury.
“The Milk Crate Challenge is very dangerous, and we are seeing many orthopedic injuries as a result of the falls,” orthopedic surgeon Dr. Shawn Anthony told Today. “Injuries can include broken wrists, shoulder dislocations, ACL and meniscus tears, as well as life-threatening conditions like spinal cord injuries.”
Baby Swing Challenge
This ridiculous TikTok trend has users squeezing themselves into baby-sized playground swings. While the stunt might make for a funny clip, the problem comes when they can’t get out.
In the UK, emergency calls have doubled over the last year — and first responders say this trend is partially to blame.
“This craze is definitely to blame for the increase [in emergency calls],” one UK firefirghter told The Sun. “We have better things to be doing than cutting teenagers out of swings who think it’s a laugh. While we are dealing with them, a house fire could be killing people.”
Dry Scoop Challenge
One of many supposed fitness trends on TikTok, the dry scoop challenge involves taking a scoop of pre-workout powder before exercising. The twist is that, while these powders are meant to be dissolved in water, TikTokers gulping down spoonfuls of the stuff completely dry.
Predictably, many who try the challenge end up nearly choking on the powder, coughing up clouds of protein dust. However, others have experienced much more serious reactions, including TikToker Briatney Portillo.
The 22-year-old exotic dancer tried the challenge to energize her workout — but ended up in the hospital for a heart attack. You can read more about her story and the dangers of this trend here.