Dr Oz: Duct Tape Challenge Warning
Dr Oz wanted to make sure that parents everywhere knew about dangerous teen trends like purple drink and “dewshine” and then, with the help of Montel Williams, moved on to talk about how duct tape is now putting teens at risk. Teens will wrap one person up in duct tape, forcing them to find their own way out of it. Recent headlines caught the attention of many, about a 14-year-old who is now lucky to be alive.
Getting wrapped in duct tape may look like harmless fun, but for 14-year-old Skylar, it turned almost fatal. His friends wrapped him in duct tape while he stood in a parking lot. He fell over and hit his head on the concrete, which caused a brain hemorrhage. Skylar needed 48 staples and likely suffered permanent damage to his eye. The dangerous aspect comes from people wanting to one-up each other on social media. Montel explained that people are actually attempting to make money with the videos of these crazy challenges.
Dr Oz did a simple search for “duct tape challenge” online and it came up with 400,000 video results. Montel argued that we need to put a bigger emphasis on promoting trends that are actually good for you.
Dr Oz: Protect Your Kids From Dangerous Trends
To keep your children safe from these deadly trends, you first have to stay on top of what’s trending. You can use Google alerts and enter “teen trends” as an alert, that way you can be updated regularly about what’s going on. You could also use the good-old neighborhood watch technique and engage in conversations with your neighbors to help each other out and have an eye on children.
Third, Montel suggested that you be in charge of charging your kids’ electronics. You bought it, so you charge it every night. That way, when they bring it to you, you can look through it and know what they’re doing on it. Be sure to have their passwords as well.