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The latest bizarre Internet trend is putting children at risk

The latest bizarre Internet trend is putting children at risk
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The value of social media fame is now driving some teens to literally set themselves on fire. It's not as offensive as the "selfies at funerals" trend, but it's much more terrifying. You can find certain social media trends and topics by searching for "hashtags," and I was shocked at the videos that I discovered after searching "#FireChallenge."

I wouldn't advise you to search it, but I found teen after teen setting themselves on fire. The worst part is that their peers don't react in horror. They encourage their friends to keep setting themselves on fire, rewarding them with "likes" and promotion.

I remember being a teen. Exploring a supposedly-haunted house is a rite of passage for many kids, but this is going too far. A 15-year-old in Lexington, Kentucky suffered second-degree burns after dousing himself in flammable liquid and setting his torso on fire.

Warning: An embedded video on the next page might be offensive or shocking to some readers.

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