TikTok’s New Viral Challenge Is Dangerous: Parents Stop Your Kids From Doing Skullbreaker Challenge!
Smartphones and mobile internet have revamped our lives in unquestionable ways. There have been various threats posed by these smartphones and their modern-day apps. The latest in the list is a trend that has been going viral on the popular video app Tik Tok.
The Skullbreaker Challenge
The latest social media trend to grab eyeballs and the attention of authorities, the Skullbreaker challenge, unlike most of its contemporaries, is dangerous and even life-threatening.
This bizarre challenge, also called tripping jump, has been taken up by several students across Europe and South America. We are yet to see a video from India, but we don’t want to speak too soon.
The challenge gets its name from the Spanish word Rompcráneos, which in English translates to ‘Skullbreaker’. It started off as a joke between two school students in Spain but soon went viral on TikTok and many users posted their videos doing this prank.
In this painful and nasty challenge, three people stand side by side. The person in the middle jumps high while those on the sides kick the jumper’s legs just when he is about to land. This leads to the middle person losing his stature and landing flat on his back and in many cases with chances of severe head injury.
Like with most social media trends, it is unknown who first came up with it. However, one of the first videos that went viral was shot in a school in Venezuela. It then went on to trend in Europe and United States.
Parents and School Authorities on High Alert!
This Skullbreaker challenge is nothing but life-threatening. Many school students have taken this challenge and filmed themselves doing so. Some even ended up in intensive care after conducting it.
Schoolgirls in Mexico also used the arms of a sweater to trip their classmate as seen on one of the TikTok videos. Several European schools have issued warnings and advisories to create awareness about this challenge.
Doctors have said that this prank can lead to serious fractures. In a free fall, doctors warn, there are chances of fracturing the knee, ankle, hip and other joint and there are also chances of ligament tear. If you are very unlucky, you might also end up hitting your head, splitting your skull or getting a concussion.
A mother from Arizona took to Facebook after her son was admitted to the hospital with a head injury, stitches to his face, and severe cuts to his mouth. She clarifies in the post that her son was told it was a “jumping contest” and that “two boys kicked him” when they jumped together and he landed hard on the floor and became unconscious.
As the challenge gained momentum, more kids have taken up the challenge and have shared the video of the same on various social media platforms.