Children and teenagers are undertaking a variety of challenges and posting them online for likes, shares, comments, followers and subscribers. We want to highlight three key points per challenge to keep parents up to date with what challenges are new or re-circulating.
The Condom Snorting Challenge
What is the challenge?
The Condom Snorting Challenge involves snorting an unwrapped condom up one nostril whilst blocking the other one so the condom goes down into the throat and can be pulled out through the mouth.
Where is it circulating?
YouTube star Savannah Strong back in 2013 was one of the first to post her video challenge although there are some other videos dating back to 2007 but have been pulled due to containing harmful and dangerous content which violates the site’s content policy.
What are the potential dangers?
The most obvious danger is choking but there are other issues around allergic reactions and infections. There has been a couple of cases published in medical journals whereby swallowing or inhaling a condom caused ailments ranging from pneumonia to appendicitis.
What the experts say
Stephen Enriquez, a state education specialist in San Antonio, USA said he visited a school to warn parents and teachers not only about drugs and alcohol but also about these social media challenges, according to the station.
“Because these days our teens are doing everything for likes, views and subscribers,” Enriquez added. “As graphic as it is, we have to show parents because teens are going online looking for challenges and re-creating them.”
Bruce Lee, an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, wrote late last week in a column for Forbes that the only thing people should be snorting is air, with the exception of nasal spray or doctor-prescribed medications.
“The condom could easily get stuck in your nose or your throat, blocking your breathing or causing you to choke,” he wrote.