A dangerous TikTok challenge has left a teen disfigured with nearly 80% of his body burned, according to reports. The 15-year-old boy from California suffered severe burns after attempting the ‘fire challenge’, a viral trend on TikTok where people pour flammable liquid on their bodies and set themselves on fire.
The teen, whose identity has not been released, was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. He suffered burns to his face, chest, and back, leaving him unrecognizable to his family and friends.
The boy’s family has spoken out about the dangers of social media challenges and urged other parents to be aware of what their children are doing online. “We never thought something like this could happen to our family. Please, if you’re a parent, talk to your children about the dangers of these challenges,” said the boy’s mother in a statement.
The ‘fire challenge’ is just one of many dangerous and potentially deadly challenges that have gone viral on social media platforms like TikTok in recent years. Experts have warned about the dangers of these challenges and the need for parents to monitor their children’s online activity.
In response to the incident, TikTok has issued a statement urging users not to participate in dangerous challenges. “The safety of our users is our top priority, and we do not allow content that encourages or replicates dangerous challenges on our platform. We are actively removing content that violates our policies and working with law enforcement to investigate any illegal activity,” said a TikTok spokesperson.
This tragic incident serves as a stark reminder of the dangers of social media challenges and the need for parents to be vigilant in monitoring their children’s online activity.
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