A unsafe challenge called the "Hot Water Challenge" has come to light in the wake of a couple of high-profile and tragic cases of a child being burned, and one losing her life from the challenge that involves scalding hot water.
Ki'ari Pope and her cousin had apparently watched several videos on YouTube of people performing the so-called "hot water challenge" before the child severely burned her throat and died. The night she died, she told her family she couldn't breathe, and fell unconscious shortly thereafter.
Another variation includes challenging someone to drink boiling hot water through a straw or pouring boiling water on themselves. In July, a 10-year-old Wesley Smith of North Carolina suffered severe burns after he and his step-brother attempted the challenge.
While Jamoneisha was sleeping, Aniya allegedly threw boiling water on her, causing significant injuries and disfigurement to the 11-year-old's face and neck.
Eugene Dalmida, 52, stood outside of a Harlem hospital while his niece, Jamoneisha, was inside recovering from her injuries. But if you're young and impressionable and getting most of your intel from YouTube videos, we'll give you a pass here and gently remind you that pouring boiling water on your skin, or drinking it straight through a straw, is a bad idea.
Parents have begun speaking out about the challenge.
"Parents, talk to your kids about these challenges", Diane Johnson, an aunt of Ki'ari Pope said.
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Wesley's stepfather, Jimmy Daugherty, echoed her concerns. "Watch what your kids are doing on the internet", he told another CBS affiliate. The page explained the girls got the idea from a YouTube video.
It's surprising such graphic videos have even been able to spread.
A SHOCKING new craze is spreading across social media encouraging youngsters to scald each other and themselves with burning water.
Though the trend may be terrifying, the grave consequences and legal ramifications that come with attempting such a challenge are likely to hamper its ability to gain any long-term traction.
It's also worth remembering that most of these deadly viral trends involve just a handful of isolated incidents. Some videos in YouTube's most popular hot-water challenge compilations are several years old and originated in foreign countries.
NHS advice recommends treating burns with lukewarm running water for 20 minutes and taking the person to hospital if the burns are bigger than the affected person's hand, cause white or charred skin or cause blisters.