- Social media platforms like TikTok can be entertaining and a great creative outlet but they do have their drawbacks.
- One problem parents need to be aware of is viral trends and challenges that can put their children’s health at risk.
- Here are 12 TikTok trends you should never try plus a few tips to help parents protect their children from getting involved.
Social media is more popular than ever and while it can have its benefits like networking, entertainment, and a creative outlet, it can also have drawbacks. Social media has also seen its fair share of dangerous trends and challenges, especially on TikTok. And with over 1 billion active users, it’s becoming one of the most popular social media platforms. Parents need to be aware of these wild trends and the heavy influence the app can have on its users.
From swallowing spoonfuls of nutmeg to eating corn on the cob on an electric drill, there are plenty of wild trends and challenges parents need to know. Let’s take a look at 12 TikTok trends you should never try plus a few tips on how parents can protect their children from the internet.
The Nutmeg Challenge
The nutmeg challenge went viral a couple of years ago but it’s still important to be aware of it in the event it resurfaces. Essentially participants drank a mixture of several tablespoons of nutmeg with milk or water and recorded their reactions for TikTok.
The spice can lead to intoxication but Insider reports it “is actually pretty dangerous.” According to the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), just 1- to 4-teaspoons of ground nutmeg can cause toxic symptoms from heart palpitations, blurred vision, hallucinations, and hypothermia. Symptoms typically start within 3- to 6-hours and last 12- to 24-hours but the dangers don’t end there. The AACC says it can even lead to coma and in some cases, it may be fatal.
For reference, the average pumpkin pie recipe only contains 1/4 to 1/2 a teaspoon of nutmeg which generally has 8 or more servings which is far less than participants are consuming in this challenge. This is certainly a challenge parents need to be aware of and educate their children as to why they should never try it.