If you are on social media like I am sure that you have noticed the growing trend among teenagers for challenges. These challenges are extremely popular on Facebook. There is the pass out challenge, the ice challenge, and more recent the fire challenge. I will describe what the pass out challenge and fire challenge is. I’m not exactly sure what the ice challenge is.
Pass out challenge:
1. You bend over and take 30 quick breaths.
2. You stand up and allow someone to press on your chest until you pass out.
1. pour an accelerant on your chest such as alcohol.
2. Light a match and set yourself on fire.
Now why anyone would find any fun in doing any of these is beyond me. I just don’t get it. I mean it is absolute ignorance. Both could go wrong and cause serious harm. I mean I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that this is something anyone wants to do. I have seen videos and I can tell you my heart literally stopped seeing this crap in action. Now if you want to see videos you can click here for the fire challenge and here for the pass out challenge. After seeing so many videos I decided to sit down and talk to my kids about it.
I let them know that I expected them to walk away if they see their friends participating in any of these foolish activities. I also reminded them of the dangers of these games and we talked about the consequences if they participated in them in any way, shape, or form. We talked about how they had so many other options to entertain themselves and we formed a list. I thought that we could share our list with you.
1. Play Board Games
My kids love board games. Right now their fascination is checkers. They are so competitive that they can play it for hours. Sometimes we have to take it away because they get into arguments over who is cheating or the rules. That being said, they also love to play board games for single players too sometimes. As long as it keeps them out of trouble, I do not mind which board games they want to play!
2. Kids can also keep busy by volunteering. Helping others an show kids how to appreciate the lives that they have and may encourage them to not engage in such craziness.
3. Study. I mean why wouldn’t you. What better way to go back to school and have new knowledge or to not have to work hard to recall something you learned last year.
4. Go swimming
As hot as it is outside especially here in Georgia I know kids want to stay school. I would definitely prefer to cool off. Tyler and Nishe’ always jump at the chance to get in the pool.
5. Go to the mall.
Do teenagers still like to do this? I mean I might be telling my age a little here but my friends and I were in the mall practically year round. Most times we didn’t have any money but it was fun to window shop.
6. Be active go play a sport.
Challenge your friends to a game of football or even basketball. Go ride bikes or something. Definitely beats winding up in the hospital burned or with brain damage.
7. Watch a movie. Now I know teens still love movies. Get your friends together and watch the latest teen heart throb.
8. Play video games. Nishe and Tyler love these things, and I love looking at blogs like Flashback Comics and Games to see what’s popular at the moment (and check that they’re suitable for teenagers). Especially PC games like League of Legends. Some of their friends have even purchased accounts from Unranked Smurfs so that they can all play together. They even like educational video games too, so there are plenty of options out there. Because of the endless options that are out there, they are now spending even more time playing these games, than doing anything else. I may even have to look into video game glasses to make sure that their eyes are protected from the screen, seeing as they are behind one for a lot longer than usual.
9. Do your chores. You can gain brownie points with your parents and do your chores without them having to fuss. Just think if you get allowance maybe they will give you a little extra.
10. Read. Now this may sound extremely boring but I’m telling you it may be surprising how much enjoyment you can get out of a book. I know my kids love it.
With all these options why would kids choose to do such foolish and dangerous things. I know kids will be kids and I remember being a teenager but I also knew how to avoid such dangerous things. I truly hope my kids continue to avoid it. It is crazy what kids think is fun these days and even back in the day when I was a kid. I know some of the kids I knew are shaking their heads and regretting some of their decisions now. In fact some kids/adults who participated in the fire challenge and were injured are now putting out the message saying not to do it. I really hope people listen to them. Please talk to your children about the dangers of these games and tell them how to handle it when they come up.