- Authorities are warning parents across the US about a dangerous internet “game” called the “48-hour challenge.”
- According to reports, the new social media challenge is daring youngsters to run away from home and disappear for 48 hours.
- However, there are no police reports yet involving the challenge but parents are urged to talk to their children about the game’s danger.
After crazy news about online challenges like ‘Tide Pod Challenge’, the ‘Kiki Challenge’ and the ‘Bird Box Challenge,’ comes a new dare police warns parents about — the ’48-hour Challenge’.
The new social media challenge allegedly dares young people, mostly teenagers, to run away from home and stage disappearances. Police warn parents about the challenge though there are still no cases reported about it.
On Monday, Indiana police said young people get “points” in the ’48-hour Challenge’ when news of their disappearance is talked about and gets viral on social media.
“The challenge encourages teens to go missing for up to 2 days at a time and awards points for every social media mention while they are missing,” Tippencoe County Sheriff Bob Smith said in a statement.
The sheriff said the challenge could distract the police from responding to other people who actually need help.
“Runaway and missing person reports are very serious matters and to use these attention seeking type challenges pulls law enforcement away from their many other duties and causes unnecessary anxiety amongst the families and friends that are involved,” Smith added.
The sheriff’s office said that though the department hasn’t received any reports involving the “48-hour challenge,” parents are still encouraged to talk to their kids about the risk of social media.
“We are trying to educate our community and get out in front of something before it happens,” the sheriff said.
Last month, Netflix pleaded to fans to stop doing the so-called ‘Bird Box Challenge’ where people engage in activities blindfolded, imitating Sandra Bullock’s character in the original hit movie “Bird Box”
Source: New York Post