Tuesday, June 23, 2015

News U Can Use: "Dangerous Teen #Hashtag Challenges"

"Last month it was the #CharlieCharlieChallenge. Before that it was the #KylieJennerLipChallenge. And now? The #BellyButtonChallenge.

It seems as though there is a new hashtag-labelled, social media challenge happening each month. 

Teenagers are most likely to participate in and spread these social media challenges in part because of their age, which makes them prone to experiment, and in part because of their deep relationship with social media. Teens are connected and curious - a perfect storm for a hash tagged challenge

Some of them are mostly harmless - as was the case with the #CharlieCharlieChallenge. The #CharlieCharlieChallenge mirrored popular slumber party games (like Ouija boards) and ghost stories from days past, with a social media twist. 

Other hashtagged challenges are a little more insidious, as was the case with last year's #CinnamonChallenge that took off on YouTube, hospitalizing several participants, and the more recent instagram fueled #KylieJennerLipChallenge and #KylieJennerChallenge which at last look have yielded over 200,000 posts, many involving tweens and teens engaging in risky behavior... " 
(READ MORE AT "Huff Post Parents")