No? Does this not sound like a game you want to play? Startlingly, the answer your teen might give to this question is not an emphatic no, but an enthusiastic “Let’s do it!” It’s called the fire challenge game and it’s the latest trend in dumb things kids are willing to do in their pursuit of internet glory.
Fire challenge videos are popping up all over the internet, featuring young people who light themselves on fire and emerge seemingly no worse for the ware. But as you might imagine, things don’t always go as planned. A number of kids have been seriously burned, and the screams of those victims is something you never forget.
Don’t assume that your kid is smart enough to know better. All teens become temporarily dumb. Talk with tweens, too, who are in the danger zone for mimicking what teens do. Make sure kids know that the stunts which don’t go as planned don’t generally get posted on YouTube, and permanent disfiguration is an outcome just as likely as internet glory.
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