Being a teenager brings thrill, excitement, and the desire to be ‘different’. While this can be termed as perfectly normal behavior, the over-the-board dares that today’s teenagers are taking can, in no way, be encouraged as they are medically dangerous, legally punishable, and even life threatening. Parents face one dilemma after another in keeping their children safe from dangerous dares. Providing your children a mobile phone with mobile phone monitoring software can help you fight the menace. Let’s have a look at some common dares first.
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1. Cinnamon Challenge:
Very popular among teenagers, this dare involves gulping a tablespoon of cinnamon without water. The saliva, of course, is not solvent enough to dissolve a whole tablespoon of cinnamon. Combined with the mouth heat, cinnamon causes immediate choking effect that can extend to lungs causing pneumonia. The medical condition deteriorates instantly and the teenager needs immediate medical attention.
2. Salt and Ice Challenge:
This dare starts by rubbing salt on a part of the skin and then applying ice on the salt. A burning effect follows when the salt rapidly melts the ice. Whoever sustains the burning effect longest, wins the dare. Injuries from this dare must be treated at the hospital just like frostbites.
3. Taking drugs:
Most teenagers resort to drugs for fun, or to fight stress, or due to peer pressure. While some drugs are only stimulants, many drugs are plain narcotics. The most dangerous form of drugs is prescription drugs because drugs are easily accessible within the household or Over-the-Counter sales. One of the dares attached to drugs is “Pharming parties” where every member brings one drug and then these drugs are exchanged and taken randomly.
4. Subway Chicken:
The dare involves standing on the train tracks with the train approaching fast. Whoever hops out of the train’s way last, wins the dare. The challenge is to keep your nerves as long as you can much to the mental agony of the frantic passengers. The behavior, of course, borders on stupidity if not plain insanity.
5. Gallon Challenge:
The Gallon Challenge involves consuming one gallon of whole milk in one go. Of course, one gallon is more than what a normal stomach can handle. Vomiting follows the intake. Medical condition of the teenager deteriorates, however not substantially enough to be termed as life threatening. The Gallon Challenge gained popularity after it first appeared in MTV’s Jackass series.
Since most of these dares became popular after YouTube videos, it is a good idea to check on your child’s internet surfing with your mobile phone monitoring software. You can also monitor their physical location with GPS tracking. Since most of the challenges are performed in the presence of more teens like yours, you need to track their coordination with the phone’s contact list, call logs, and messages. Be concerned, be wise, and be safe.