March 5, 2014

NEWS: 5 Tips to Protect your Children, Tweens and Teens from Dangerous Games on Social Media

This article was written by Tyler Cohen Wood for

As many of us know, social media changes so quickly that it is often hard to keep up. New videos and games pop up constantly and immediately go viral. The latest craze to hit social media is a game called Neknominate.

How the game works is alarming: Typically, a young person drinks a large amount of alcohol (such as half a bottle of vodka) in a bizarre fashion, like half-naked at a mall or mixed with a dead rat, and he posts it to his social network, usually Facebook or YouTube. After he plays the game, he nominates a friend to be the next to drink and post, and the game continues. If the nominated party does not take the challenge, he is ridiculed and humiliated on social media. CNN has reported that at least five people have died playing this game.

I'm always surprised by the number of parents I encounter who do not know or understand what their children, tweens or teens are doing on social media. "Trust is an issue," parents have told me. You want to be able to trust that your kid will do the right thing and stand up to peer pressure, but it's not always that simple.

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