People are being urged to report the ‘blackout challenge’ to TikTok if they see any videos relating to the dangerous trend – Archie Battersbee was allegedly taking part in the challenge before his mother found him unresponsive at home, The Independent reports.
The 12-year-old boy from Southend in Essex, England, died on Saturday, August 6, 2022 after his parents lost a legal battle to keep his life-support switched on.
Here’s what you need to know about the blackout challenge and how to report it if you see any content associated with it.
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TikTok blackout challenge explained
If you see anything related to the blackout challenge on TikTok or any other platform, you should not interact with it and report the content immediately.
The dangerous challenge ‘dares’ users to hold their breath until they lose consciousness due to lack of oxygen.
As reported by The Independent, Archie’s mother claimed her son took part in the trend before she found him unconscious at their home in April this year.
Archie died on Saturday after his life-sustaining treatment was withdrawn following severe brain injuries.
Challenge has been flagged before – ‘check your kids’ phones’
Parents have been urged to report the challenge before after a mother from Pennsylvania spoke about it following the death of her ten-year-old daughter.
Tawainna Anderson’s daughter, Nyla, was found dead in her bedroom in December 2021 after allegedly trying to take part in the challenge, ABC 7 News reported at the time. The mother warned other parents to “check your kids’ phones.”
TikTok condemned the blackout challenge and said it would assist “relevant authorities with their investigation as appropriate.”
A TikTok spokesperson told Newsweek at the time: “Our deepest sympathies are with the girl’s family and friends. We do not allow content that encourages, promotes or glorifies dangerous behavior that might lead to injury, and our teams work diligently to identify and remove content that violates our policies.
“While we have not currently found evidence of content on our platform that might have encouraged such an incident off-platform, we will continue to monitor closely as part of our continuous commitment to keep our community safe.”
Wothappen has reached out to TikTok for comment.
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How to report videos
If you come across any content related to the trend, you should report it on TikTok and do the following:
Click on the white arrow to the right of the videoTap the icon that says ‘report’ with a flag symbolTap ‘suicide, self-harm and dangerous acts’ and report the content
If you receive any messages related to the challenge, don’t interact with them and report the accounts immediately.
If you or anyone else has been affected by this article and need mental health support, please refer to the following resources:
Anxiety UK Call: 03444 775 774 Visit: http://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/
MindCall: 0300 123 3393Visit: http://www.mind.org.uk/
SamaritansCall: 116 123Visit: http://www.samaritans.org/
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