Dangerous Internet Challenge Doctors Are Warning Parents About

There’s a new challenge on the Internet practically every month: the Mannequin Challenge, the Ice Bucket Challenge, the Running Man Challenge, etc. The list is endless as it’s easy for trends to gain popularity on Internet.

The Salt and Ice Challenge, for example, has been around for awhile. Kids find it entertaining to participate in but the results from the challenge are anything but entertaining.

We want to warn parents to keep an eye out for this one.

The challenge is called the “Salt and Ice Challenge.” You might have heard of it, as it’s been around since 2012 amongst teenagers on YouTube.

Kids rub salt and ice on their skin. The point of the challenge is to see how long the person can feel the burn from the salt and ice.

The kids would then post their reactions online. The most popular YouTube video of the challenge has over 6,500,000 views.

The challenge may sound simple and harmless at first, but it is indeed very dangerous. The amount of potential damage it can do the body is alarming.

The dangerous effects may not be initially visible until after the numbness and redness from the ice subsides. This is why people don’t realize how much they’re actually injuring themselves until it’s too late.

The combination of salt and ice creates a chemical reaction. Adding salt to ice lowers the temperature of ice to 1.4° Fahrenheit.

The burns from the challenge can be similar to frostbite or worse. Others have experienced second and third degree burns.

“Some of the pictures you’ll see on the internet and YouTube, those kids have third-degree burns,” said Brian Wagers, a pediatric physician at Riley Hospital.

“I mean it turns it to leather essentially. So you lose the blood vessels that are in there. You lose sensation, because of the nerve endings… You’ll never have like hair if you did it on your arms. So you’ll have a bald patch.”

Numerous children have recently been put in the hospital in England due to the challenge. As a result, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has announced a formal warning to parents.

“It’s important for schools keep a close eye on all emerging trends and we welcome the police’s warning to head teachers,” said a NSPCC spokesperson

“The rise of social media has contributed to increasing peer pressure amongst children and this ‘craze’ is another clear example of the risks.”

Huffington Post UK has come up with a few tips particularly for this situation.To help parents keep their kids from participating in the salt and ice challenge, they should follow the following four tips.

Tell your kids to say confidently say no to participating. Don’t hesitate, don’t give the idea even a second of thought. Say no.

Tell your kids to not judge others who do participate. What other kids do is their own business. Don’t judge and don’t get involved.

Make sure your kids are focused on spending time with friends who don’t do the challenge. Out of sight, out of mind.

Advise your kids to offer alternative suggestions when asked to do the challenge. There are plenty of other activities that are more safe and fun to do.

If you ever do find your child burned from the challenge, however, there are four specific instructions you should follow (according to the St. John Ambulance).

Treat the burns as soon as possible by running it under cool water. Keep the affected area under the running water for at least 10 minutes.

Don’t apply any ice, gels or creams! Any of these could create even more damage and cause an infection.

When the burn has cooled down, wrap and cover the affected area with saran wrap.

If your child has burns on his or her face, hands, feet, or larger than the size of the person’s hand — seek medical attention right away.

This challenge has been around for five years now, it’s time it’s finally been put an end to. Please help spread the message to other parents!

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21 Totally Free Things On The Internet

The internet is a magical tool. The best thing about it is it’s totally up to you how you use it. You’d be served well to check out the websites below. Some are educational, some are useful and some will save you money. All of them are free and definitely worth your time.

Free ways to learn something.
1. Class Central
Class Central will get you back in the classroom without the crippling student debt. You’ll have full access to recordings of college courses, plus Syllabi.

2. Open Yale
Basically the same as above, except this has you in a specific set of hallowed halls, namely Yale’s. Other colleges have similar programs, but this one stands out.

3. Coursera
Coursera features classes put together especially for the platform by professors, complete with assignments and opportunities to interact and collaborate with other students.

4. Code Academy
Code Academy will teach you the joys of coding potentially to make a bunch of money.

5. Doulingo
Duolingo is a great way to learn language built around mini-lessons in a game like format you might even enjoy.

6. Music Theory.Net
Music Theory.Net  is the perfect way for a beginner to learn how music works or to just brush up on the basics.

Free Movies and books
7. Open Culture
Open Culture has just about everything, including textbooks, movies, audiobooks, and ebooks.

8. Documentary Heaven 
The aptly named Documentary Heaven has a bunch of free documentaries.

9. Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg features over 56,000 free books (available to read online and often as a Kindle download) Most of these have entered the public domain. So if you’re looking for a throwback, you’ll find it here.


Free ways to save money

10. Retail Me Not
All coupon clippers should bookmark Retail Me Not. You can directly search for stores like H&M, Whole Foods and everything in between.

11. 10 Minute Mail
At 10 minute mail, you’ll be issued a free email address that will dissolve after 10 minutes. Why would you want that? Because you can sign up for free deals elsewhere without using your real email address.

12. Craigslist
For free stuff, you can always check out Craigslist. The people on there are weird and they throw out all kinds of stuff, including useful things you don’t want to spend money on. Like coat hangers or a taxidermied bear.

13. Mint
The best way to save money is to just get your own personal finances in order. Accountants cost money. Instead, just use the free service Mint. It’s a website/app from the people that made Turbotax built around budgeting, bill paying and credit score checking.

Free internet tools
14. IFTTT
If you’re looking for something cool and free that’ll make your life easier, IFTT will give you “recipes” to make your apps and devices work together. For example, it will teach you to turn on your lights when your Uber arrives or how to hook up Alexa to your Google calendar. It’s a little Black Mirror for some peoples tastes, but at the very least it will make your life seem more efficiant.

15. Pixlr
Pixlr is basically a free version of old Photoshop if you want to touch up your Instagram posts before they go public.

16. Paint.net
You can also use Paint.net for an improved version of MS paint.

17. Musescore
Finally, to compose music with all that knowledge from  Music Theory.Net. Check out Musescore and get cracking.

Free ways to act and feel better
18. 7 Cups
If you just need somebody to talk to and therapy is out of your budget, check out 7 Cups. It’s a free place where you can air your feelings anonymously in group chats or directly to a listener or a therapist, also anonymously.

19. Rainy Mood
If you’re just looking to block out the world, head to Rainy Mood, which plays the sound of a thunderstorm and will likely improve your concentration.

20. Stay Focused
To really concentrate though, you can just start blocking websites that distract you with the add-on Stay Focused.

21. Grammarly
If you don’t feel like getting educated by one of the websites above,  you can at least write like an educated person if you download the plug-in Grammarly. It’s basically a free spell check but slightly more advanced than what comes from your computer and focuses on grammar.

Source: thethrillist