Internet challenges may be clever, but they tempt a whole bunch of people who aren’t. Unlike other risky behaviors like alcohol and tobacco consumption — even episodes of Jackass came with a “don’t-try-this-at-home” disclaimer — Internet challenges float free of warnings, and often endanger those they’re meant to entertain. Washington state mom Sarah Fish is trying to get the word out about the dangers of the “duct tape challenge” currently in vogue on the Internet, after her son Skylar had to get 48 staples in his head and had a brain aneurysm as a result of attempting the duct tape challenge.
The duct tape challenge is but one of the dangers out there for would-be online adventurers. Beauty seekers are also at risk from challenges posed on the Internet. Last spring teens and tweens worldwide were purposely injuring their own faces in order to inflate their lips in the#KylieJennerLipChallenge — trying to get fuller lips without spending the money Jenner spends on fillers (or surgery).
— 98ROCK TAMPA BAY (@98rocktampabay) January 27, 2016