Family & Parenting

What Parents Need To Know About The Eraser Challenge

This dangerous "game" has already sent one teen to the hospital.

Remember that scene from “The Christmas Story” when Ralphie’s friends challenge Flick to lick the flagpole? Flick got stuck, the class laughed and the prank was over.

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These days, technology has elevated pranks and challenges to give them a much greater reach with longer-lasting effects. One such prank, the eraser challenge, has been around for several years, but, thanks to social media, it has recently seen a resurgence in popularity.

The “game” involves children rubbing a rubber eraser on the skin of their arm as they recite the “ABCs.” Whoever lasts the longest and induces the most grotesque wound wins.

Sounds like something out of a teen horror movie, but this challenge and many others are happening in schools across the country. Even worse, kids are taking videos of these stunts and putting them on YouTube and other social media platforms to gain internet fame through “likes.”

What is likely a cry for attention from kids needs the attention of their parents, not their peers.

If you suspect your child may be involved in a challenge like this, it is important to talk to them before they get seriously injured.

Here are some things to consider before you do.

1. Research

Parents need to make sure they are up on all the latest pranks. Ever heard of the Salt & Ice Challenge? How about the Cinnamon Challenge? Duct Tape Challenge? Know your stuff, so you aren’t surprised.