Or, Social Media Responsibility (hint: there isn’t any.)
I support freedom of speech but I think social media platforms have an obligation to refuse to post content that can lead to or cause injury or death. Laying it on the parents is only a partial solution. Some kids, young “adults”, can misplace stupidity and adventure.
The FDA is warning about a rise in adolescents and young adults participating in dangerous social media challenges. One recent challenge posted on social media encouraged people to cook chicken in NyQuil and similar over-the-counter cough and cold medicines. “Boiling a medication can make it much more concentrated and change its properties in other ways,” the FDA said. The agency also pointed to a TikTok challenge daring people to hallucinate by taking large doses of the over-the-counter drug Benadryl.
The FDA cited reports of teens ending up in hospital emergency rooms or dying after participating. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents should talk to their children about social media dares and discuss them “calmly and without judgment” while encouraging them to think through any potential negative outcomes.
Social media, it can pose wide-open risks to the impressionable.
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