It seems that every few months there’s a new challenge that children are doing. As parents, we’ve got to stay one step ahead of the game when it comes to these challenges. It’s difficult, if not impossible to keep up with all of them.
It seems right when you have one challenge figured out; then another one comes along. You’ve got to be on your toes to keep up with kids today.
Why are children taking on these challenges?
Part of the reason is peer pressure, and they don’t want to seem weak in front of their friends. Sometimes a child will want to get recognition online from other people, and that’s why they post videos of themselves doing challenges.
It doesn’t matter to the child if the person is from halfway across the globe, they’re seeking out recognition from anyone who will give it to them. The internet has changed things in the sense that even isolated children can now search out a community of like-minded people.
How to talk to your child about taking on the challenges
It sounds silly to think that you have to talk to your child about not eating Tide Pods. But, you’re going to have to do it. Why? It’s the same reason why you did stupid stuff when you were a kid. Every person reading this did crazy stuff when you were young.
Why are your children any different? They aren’t, and everyone has to deal with this. You have to realize that your child thinks they’re Superman. They also think that bad stuff happens to other people and not them.
YouTube is great in the sense that it offers video evidence of what happens to people when they do these challenges. There’s nothing wrong with sitting your child down and watching a few videos with them.
You should get the point across that the person in the video is being harmed. You may consider watching the videos before showing them to your child. You want to make sure that the video shows the danger of the challenge. The hope is that common sense will take over, and they will see the harm in taking on the challenge.
You need to watch your child’s internet activity
No person under the age of 18 should be given free rein over the internet. There’s way too many things on here that a child shouldn’t see. You also need to pay close attention to your child’s social media interaction.
There’s nothing wrong with peeking inside their Facebook account or seeing what videos they’re watching on YouTube. You’d be a poor parent for not doing it. No one feels good about what seems like invading someone else’s privacy.
But, you’ve got to understand that children don’t know how to respond to many situations that life throws at them appropriately.
How to prevent children from taking challenges in the first place
There is no way that you can guarantee that a child won’t take any one of these stupid challenges on. The best thing you can do is educate them on the risks of the past challenges. It’s vital that a child doesn’t feel like they need to do these sorts of things to get attention.
Instill in your child that they are capable of so much more and cheap thrills rarely result in the type of attention they’re seeking.