This year has brought to light a lot of the dangers of not protecting your child on social media. Only a few months ago, a 15-year-old boy live streamed his suicide for a social media game called the “Blue whale Challenge”. And now it’s been discovered that children are participating in what is known as “The Hot Water Challenge”.
The shockingly dangerous craze encourages young people to pour boiling hot water over themselves and each other, often ending with horrifying consequences. This stunt is believed to have started around two years ago.
An 11-year-old girl was severely burned when her friends poured extremely hot water on her as part of a dangerous social media stunt. The girl, identified by New York 1 as Jamoneisha Merritt, suffered burns to her face, chest, back, and shoulders, the New York Post reports.
The 12-year-old girl who allegedly dumped the water on her has been arrested by the police and charged with felony assault.
“The heinous act was apparently part of a moronic stunt known as the “hot water challenge,” in which an unsuspecting person has boiling hot water dumped on them. In other variations, people willingly try to consume boiling water”, police sources said.
Jamoneisha had been invited to a sleepover party on Sunday night at a New York apartment, police said. She was woken by the searing pain as the other girl allegedly poured hot water over her.
Jamoneisha’s uncle said outside the hospital that she was doing well but she was not yet aware of the extent of her facial injuries.
“I think the only reason why she in good spirits is because she don’t actually see the damage done to her,” Eugene Dalmida, 52, told The Post. “They ain’t letting her see her face. I can’t bear to look at her … It gets me too upset.”
The injured girl’s mother, Ebony, told NY1 her daughter was in excruciating pain and said doctors were not allowing the child to look at her burns. She added that Jamoneisha had previously been bullied by her attacker before the girl invited her to the party on Sunday night.
“She’s very sad,” Ebony Merritt told NY1. “She’s emotionally messed up. She don’t understand why they did that to her. She thought they was her friends.
“I was told that they didn’t like her. And they just been bullying her. They’ve been on Snapchat. It’s been going on several times. The girl admitted it: ‘I don’t like her. I wanted to do it.’”
How to make sure your child is protected
- Watch what your children are doing on the internet: To safeguard your children and prevent them from participating in horrible social media stunts, take measures to protect them on all social media platforms. For more information see [Top Five Apps Children Use And How To Protect Them]
- Talk to your children about the dangers of social media: As fun and exciting as social media is, and with all its advantages, it also has its adverse effects and disadvantages which include dangerous stunts such as the Blue Whale Challenge and the Hot water Challenge. Speak to your children about how social media can adversely affect them if they do not use it the proper way and for the right things
- Take your children’s complaints seriously: When your child/children come to you with complaints of bullying or harassment either physically or on social media, you should take it up seriously and try to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Get the parents of the bully involved and even the school authorities if you have to. Make sure your child feels safe.
- Familiarize yourself with Social Media applications: The only way to effectively protect your child is if you know exactly what you’re protecting your child from. As parents, it is important to be aware of the popular social media apps children use, in order to know how to protect and educate them.
- Teach your children that not all pranks are good: Let your children know that some pranks are dangerous and they should never participate in them. No matter how much it’s being talked about or how popular it is, if it will cause great harm to someone, they should never get involved.