While some dangerous, often idiotic, TikTok challenges make headlines, there have also been a series of family-friendly challenges that have gone viral. Rather than resulting in controversy (or lawsuits), these wholesome challenges are leaving just about everyone involved happy.
From cuddling toddlers to testing kids’ egg-handling skills, families are finding new ways to go viral on TikTok.
Toddlers Are Tested in “Cuddle Your Toddler Challenge”
In this challenge, parents approach their kids while they watch their favorite show. The parents try to initiate some form of cuddling, either hugging the child or putting their head in their child’s lap. As expected, this wholesome challenge brought on adorable results as kids eagerly accepted some cuddle time with their parents.
Check out the best videos from the #cuddlechallenge.
Breastfed Babies Surprised in “Drop Em Out Challenge”
It’s never too early to go viral, and the breastfed babies of TikTok had their time to shine with the “Drop Em Out Challenge.”
In this challenge, moms exposed their breasts to their babies and recorded their excited reactions to Wheeler Walker Jr.’s song, “Drop ‘Em Out.” The lyrics to the song fit perfectly: “Drop ’em out, let me see them ti–ies…gonna take a long look at those tig ol’ bitties.” And that’s just what babies are doing.
“Candy Challenge” Tests Kids’ Patience
The age-old test of telling a child not to dig into the candy bowl without parental permission was revived with the “Candy Challenge.” Also known as the “Fruit Snack Challenge” or “Patience Challenge,” the trend went viral as celebrities like Gabrielle Union and Kylie Jenner joined in.
In the challenge, parents placed sweet treats in front of their young ones and left them alone in the room. Before leaving, they tell their child not to snack on the treats until they return to the room and give them permission. Meanwhile, kids are secretly recorded to see if they succeed at the test.
When You Hand a Baby an Egg…
When one TikTok user (@cassandranguyen981) claimed there was a saying that if you hand a baby an egg, they’ll be gentle with it, people took it as a challenge. Often called the “Egg Challenge,” brave parents handed their young ones raw eggs to record their reactions.
With babies’ limited self-control and raw egg’s fragility, it’s not that hard to imagine the results of this one.
‘Life Hacks’ Go Viral
The “Baby Fart Challenge” began as a way for parents to offer a helpful hint on dealing with baby gas, but it quickly went viral. The challenge took on a life of its own as TikTok users tested it on their own babies, dogs, and even grown adults.
A TikTok Game of Simon Says for Toddlers
New challenge, see how bad your kid is challenge…. He knows better to repeat bad words 🤩 My little man 🙂 ##kidchallenge♬ original sound – itstaiway
Another viral TikTok challenge had parents trying to trick their toddlers into cussing.
Parents would ask their kids to repeat after them, beginning with common words like fruits and colors. They would eventually say a curse word to see if their kid would repeat after them. For the most part, young ones were shocked at their parents’ foul language and refused to participate in the shenanigans.
However, like many other TikTok challenges, not all “family-friendly” challenges were without their own controversies. Keep reading to see recent trends and why people called them problematic.
Babies Get Splashed in Challenge
One challenge had moms recording themselves sitting next to their babies with a cup of water in their hands. They would pretend to get startled and “accidentally” spill the water on their babies, usually splashing the water directly on the baby’s face or head.
While it was meant to be funny and lighthearted, many found it cruel to randomly splash a baby with water just for a video. Others dismissed concerns, saying it wasn’t much different than a typical bath.
Back to School Prank Turns Problematic
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I knew this was coming. When I saw this trend start I knew it was coming. Some have been cute and funny but then it starts to cross the line. Showing your kids a photo of someone who looks different in hopes of them having a scared reaction is vile. I’ve seen this trend be done with people who are disabled and I’ve seen this trend be done with BABIES who have Down Syndrome. They don’t have the platform to speak on this but I do and I know I have an army of positive people right next to me. I will say this over and over and over. The people you put in photos or videos are human beings!! We have feelings and we have something we work on everyday called self confidence. Please PLEASE don’t teach your children that it’s funny to be afraid of someone who doesn’t look like them. When adults are upset their kids are being bullied, this is the perfect example that teaching kindness and acceptance starts AT HOME. Just be kind to one another. We need it now more than ever!!
Parents took full advantage of back-to-school season with the “New Teacher Challenge” (also known as the “facetime prank”). In it, parents tricked their children into believing they were going to FaceTime their new teachers. However, the image of their “teacher” was fake. Instead of a photo of their real teacher, parents used photos of President Donald Trump to Tiger King’s Joe Exotic to surprise their kids.
The prank turned controversial when parents used photos of individuals with physical deformities or disabilities. Both teachers and activists called the pranks “cruel.” They also claimed that the prank taught children that judging others based on their appearance was okay.