We live in a world where teens and adults alike aspire to doing crazy and stupid things just to get more likes on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube, to get more attention on social media, and to blend into the society.
That is why from time to time, your Instagram or Facebook feed is full of videos of your friends and random folks doing something completely unnecessary and ridiculous. Not that long ago, you might have seen videos of the dangerous Tide Pod challenge, in which predominantly teens and children challenged each other to bite into a Tide Pod detergent package.
The challenge may seem harmless to some, but it isn’t so. Far from it. After the challenge gained traction on social media, there have been multiple cases of teens and children hospitalized because of serious chemical burns and poisoning caused by the Tide Pod challenge.
“A few years ago, we had the Ice Bucket Challenge, the forefather of foolish challenges on social media,” says our Miami personal injury attorney from the Dante Law Firm, P.A. “While the challenge seemed harmless (let’s admit that we have all participated in it!), it actually injured hundreds or even thousands of people and left several dead nationwide.”
And now comes the #InMyFeelings challenge, inspired by a music video of rapper Drake, in which passengers of cars are encouraged to hop out of a moving car and dance to the “In My Feelings” song by Drake alongside their vehicle. As you may have guessed by now, the vehicle has to be moving as you are dancing, while the driver is filming you.
It was only a matter of time before we heard stories of people causing car accidents because of the #InMyFeelings challenge. But it did not keep others from participating in the trendy and “fun” viral challenge. Children and teens accounted for the largest demographic that have taken part in the challenge, while their parents were, understandably, worried for their children’s safety.
I know what you are thinking. “When will these unsafe social media challenges stop?” And while we do not have an answer to this question, there is something you can do to keep your children safe from the dangerous viral challenges on social media. In order to do this, it is essential that you:
Viral social media challenges might not seem like a big deal, but people do get hurt while filming them in an attempt to get more likes and follows on social media. If you or your children have been injured while participating in one of those ridiculous viral challenges, be sure to speak to a Miami personal injury attorney. Get a free consultation by contacting the Dante Law Firm, P.A. Call our offices at 305-949-2526 today.