With various trending challenges on social media, it’s important to keep up with what’s trending to keep your child safe.
What are the latest trends and why are they dangerous?
One of the latest trends on TikTok is the “Devious Licks” challenge. This is where kids are going into school bathrooms and vandalizing them. The challenge encourages them to video themselves committing theft or vandalism of a school bathroom, and then get social clout for the “best lick.” This challenge has not only resulted in arrests but also criminal charges.
Another popular challenge was the TikTok “Blackout” challenge. People were challenged to choke themselves until they became unconscious. Many kids have died from this challenge.
There are so many other challenges that can be harmful to your child, which is why it is important to stay up-to-date with the latest Internet trends.
How can I stay up-to-date with the latest trends?
It can seem overwhelming, but here are a few ways to get started:
Some tips that you can apply today are:
1. Set up a Google alert. Certain topics could be social media challenges, online solicitations, TikTok challenges, online predators, etc. This will allow Google to send you an email with articles related to these different topics.
2. Ask your kids. Create open communication with your children to find out what apps they’re using and what apps their peers are using. This will give you a better understanding of the latest trends and start a conversation if there may be an existing problem.
3. Ask other parents. Other parents have more information from their children of different age groups. You might even be able to help them out!
4. Follow Safe Surfin on social media! We will always give you the current trends that parents need to know to keep children safe nationwide. Follow us on Instagram for live cyber tips with Moe McClanahan and on Facebook.
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