New “Hot Water Challenge” Leading to Injuries
JACKSON, Mississippi. Be aware of a new deadly challenge is circulating around the internet. Like many other internet challenges, this one can be deadly, or at the very least, lead to serious injuries. Cosmopolitan magazine recently reported on the “hot water challenge.” It appears that the origins of the challenge can be traced back to YouTube. The “challenge” involves one person throwing hot water on another, or one person daring another to drink hot water through a straw. It should go without saying that this challenge is incredibly dangerous. It can leave victims suffering second degree burns, internal injuries, and even death.
The challenge has some reporters wondering why YouTube isn’t monitoring its sites more robustly for dangerous content. MIT has written about some of the dangers of the internet. While we often hear about the risks of predators and cyberbullying, only recently have we started to look at the ways viral dares and videos encourage foolish behavior and endanger children and youth.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently wrote about the deadly appeal of internet challenges. These challenges can be potentially attractive to teens who may enjoy the impulsive nature of the challenge and who may also like that completing these challenges can get them added attention.
In past, we were concerned with the “Tide pod challenge” in which children dared one another to eat Tide pods. Then, the “In My Feelings” challenge dared fans of Drake to dance to his new song while jumping out of moving vehicles. Already one person has been injured and some countries have even warned their citizens that they could face fines or arrest for performing the challenge.
So, what can parents do to keep their kids safe from the dangers of internet challenges? You need to have a conversation acknowledging the real risks associated with these challenges, which may be unknow to children. Obviously, the risks could include bodily injury to the person attempting the challenge, but could also endanger other people unaware of the challenge. The challenge could result in an automobile accident with serious consequences and injuries. Teens and parents could face personal injury lawsuits, or even criminal charges.
The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends that parents friend their teens on social media so they can track their behavior.
With many dangerous “challenges” lurking on the internet, the risks of the internet continues to grow. At the end of the day, individuals need to be responsible for their actions. If you or someone you love was hurt by someone performing a reckless challenge, consider speaking to Malouf & Malouf, a personal injury lawyer in Jackson, Mississippi. Our firm may be able to help you seek damages for your medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Visit us at https://malouflaw.com/ to learn more.
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