VIDEO: 24 Dangerous teen fads

11:58 PM, Dec 12, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, Calif - There's no arguing that growing up in the 21st century is much, much different than it was not that long ago.

Now, everything is instant, the peer pressure is greater - consequences are harsher- and a lot of it plays out on social media.

A simple search on YouTube turns up dangerous teen fads.

The number one most dangerous teen fad is The site is essentially random Skype, where people - adults, teens and kids - can video chat with random strangers 24 hours a day.

"And it can be somebody in their underwear, somebody not dressed at all, you just don't know. That's the whole roulette part of it. And there are no regulations," parenting website Editor-in-Chief Crystal Patriarche said. "My 13 year old could get on there and be doing that and I would never know.  It is definitely a very, very scary thing." Developer Andrey Ternovskiy said he doesn't like that the site has been identified as a dangerous teen fad and hopes to make sure that it will not be identified as such in the future:

"I am working on the following things:

1. Altering my website concept in such a way that will prevent people from being able to use it in a way that is considered inappropriate.

2. Developing effective moderation mechanisms against inappropriate behavior.

3. Giving means to the current community of good users to push bad people out."

One user offered to show her boobs to a News10 reporter - even after he told her he was a reporter - and then sent him a link to her Facebook profile. Her profile had enough information on it that would allow people to track her down.

"I think that they feel because they're on the other side of the computer that there is anonymity, there is a sense of they don't know where I am in the world," Patriarche said. "They don't realize that they are people out there that can put together some clues from your profiles and your Facebook page and know exactly where you are in the world."

These 24 fads all have different consequences, but they are all dangerous:

Teen Fad Description
Salt and Ice Challenge Salt is poured on an area of the arm/or hand and then ice is placed on top. This creates a burning sensation. The game is to see who can tolerate the pain the longest/ can wait until the ice melts. The burning sensation creates a white scar, which eventually turns red and will be extremely painful.
Drinking Hand Sanitizer Teens use the over-the-counter cleanser for a cheap way to get drunk. Most hand sanitizers contain 62 percent ethyl alcohol. Salt is used to separate the alcohol from the other parts of the sanitizer, which yields a 120-proof shot.
Cinnamon Challenge The challenge is to swallow a spoonful of cinnamon within 60 seconds as a dare/bet. The spice usually dries out the person's mouth and is almost impossible to swallow. Sometimes, the person accidentally inhales the cinnamon, which can cause severe chest pain.
Chubby Bunny Marshmallow Game Game to see how many marshmallows you can fit inside your mouth and say "Chubby Bunny". The game is played with two or more people. During each round, each player takes a turn to put a marshmallow in their mouth and say "Chubby Bunny". Players keep adding marshmallows during each round until they cannot fit anymore in their mouth/can't say "Chubby Bunny." The game has turned dangerous when kids have choked on the marshmallows and died.
Car Surfing Getting out of a car through the window while it is speeding down a freeway and then standing on the roof while it continues to speed down the road - the effect makes it look like the person is surfing on top of the car. This can cause accidents and the death of the person on the roof/ people in the car.
Planking Also known as "Extreme Lying Down." People lay down on their stomach in a strange and unusual place, pointing their fingers and toes downward. A picture is taken of the pose and posted on Facebook with a unique name for the "plank"
Vodka Eyeballing Pouring vodka into your eyeball instead of drinking it. The fad started in the UK as a way to get drunk quicker because it is believed the alcohol is absorbed through the eye's mucous membrane and enters the bloodstream through the veins in the back of the eye. Experts believe Vodka Eyeballing is a placebo affect because people are usually drunk when they attempt it.
Purple Drank A drink mixed with prescription grade cough syrup - which contains promethazine and codeine - and Sprite, or some carbonated drink. The drink gets its name from the purplish color of the cough syrup.
Twitter-Organized Flash Mobs "Flash mobs" are usually organized through social media, like Facebook and Twitter, and can be pretty peaceful and fun. However, the usually peaceful "flash mob" turned dangerous in the Philadelphia, where several people were injured and three were arrested.
Smoking Smarties Kids crush up the candy Smarties and inhale/exhale the candy's dust. "Smoking" Smarties can be dangerous when the dust gets clogged in the nasal passages.
Trunking Passengers ride in the truck of the car rather than in the seats.
Google Earth Pool Crashing Kids use Google Earth to find homes with swimming pools in their neighborhoods. They then invite their friends via text or Facebook to an impromptu pool party. This is popular in the UK
The Choking Game A game where people cutting off oxygen and blood flow to the brain by choking each other to get a short high and/or pass out.
Butt Chugging Using a rubber tube that is inserted into the rectum, alcohol is absorbed through the capillaries and blood vessels. The alcohol enters the blood stream and bypasses the liver's filtering.
Rainbow Parties A group of the girls, each wearing a different color lipstick, perform oral sex on a guy, or group of guys. By the end, the guy's penis is decorated like a rainbow.
Twilight-Inspired Fad: Biting Teens use the idea of a love bite, or a hickey, and take it one step further by breaking the skin and draw blood - passing blood from teen to the other.
Spice or K2 (Synthetic Marijuana) Spice is herb based synthetic marijuana. The DEA worked to ban the five main ingredients, but Spice companies have found ways to continue to manufacture K2 by working around the ban
The Ball-Tapping Game Guys hit each other in the balls really hard.
Using allows users to talk to each online via webcam. The site automatically pairs users with a stranger when they log in and then users can skip to another if they don't want to "chat." The site doesn't filter adult content and users have reported seeing nudity, people having sex and people looking for sex.
Posting Racy Photos Online Teens would post racy photos of themselves onling, thinking that privacy setting would protect the content. However, nothing is "private" online. Students have been expelled and lost scholarships because their "private" photos found their ways into the hands of school administrators
The Body Spray Flamethrower Teens hold a lighter up to a stream of aerosol body spray to create a "flamethrower."
Sexting Teens send sexually explicit texts and photos to friends, crushes and partners.
Datura Flower Abuse Teens ingest the the common Datura Flower, also known as Angel's Trumpet or Jimson Weed, for a high, but the flower is highly toxic, where even small doses can send you to the hospital.


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