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.
Overdosing on Benadryl
Let’s start with one of the most recent. After taking excessive amounts of Benadryl, three teens were rushed to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The teens got the idea of taking Benadryl after watching a TikTok video, which said they could get high and hallucinate if they took at least a dozen Benadryl pills.
Guess what? Yes, taking too much Benadryl may cause hallucinations but it can also cause seizures, high heart rate, and can trigger arrhythmias.
Want to know what’s worse? It’s not the only challenge about getting high on this list.
Outlet Challenge Outlet Challenge
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.”