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Sick “48-hour Challenge” Facebook dangerous “game” is exploding

Sick “48-hour Challenge” Facebook dangerous “game” is exploding
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I'm sure you'd agree that as a parent or grandparent, keeping children safe is priority one. This was difficult enough before the days of the internet, now it's difficult times 100.

Things like this new twisted game that is circulating on Facebook doesn't help matters either. You're not going to believe what kids are being urged to do.

Watch out for the 48-hour challenge circulating on Facebook

Many children are extremely impressionable and shouldn't be exposed to this type of nonsense. I'm talking about the '48-hour Challenge' that is making its way around the social media site.

It's a sick "game" encouraging teens to intentionally go missing for two days, striking fear and panic within their parents. Reports of children as young as 14 completing the challenge have been spreading across the globe.

Children are being encouraged to run away and cut off all contact with their family for 48 hours. After two days have passed, they suddenly reappear as if nothing happened.

While the kids are missing, they get "points" every time they are mentioned on social media. The more times parents ask Facebook friends to help them find their kids, the higher the score the missing children rack up. A similar challenge spread across Europe a few years ago called "Game of 72."

A mother whose child recently participated in the 48-hour Challenge told Belfast Live, "This is a competition and it's sick. The anxiety it left our family in is unspeakable. I was terrified they were dead or would be raped, trafficked or killed.

"But these kids just think it's funny. There was not even a moment of remorse when my child was taken into police custody and when the police brought my child home, I could see posts of selfies from the police car."

The mother went on to say that her son was "in the lead" when police found him. That's because he ignored the 48-hour rule and was missing for nearly 55 hours when he was caught.

Can you imagine how terrified these families must be while the children are missing? It's important to have an open dialogue about things like this with kids before it happens to your family. Let them know this is not OK and they should never take part in anything this sinister. This conversation is much easier than going through the anxiety of them missing if they choose to participate.

Now that you're thinking about child safety and social media, does your teen have a fake account online?

You follow your kids on Instagram and they've friended you on Facebook, but is the profile you see the real one they use for all of their online activity? Probably not! Teens are using fake accounts to hide what they're doing. Does your child have fake social media profiles you don't know about?

Click here to see how teens are using fake online accounts to hide things from their parents.

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Source: Daily Mail
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