Tik Tok Trends: Entertaining or Life Threatening?



Parents currently have to “fight the system” to get the help they need for their child

New social media trends flood the internet every so often. Most harmless, some risky, but rarely do they cause permanent damage. Until now.

Popular social media app Tik Tok has now become possibly hazardous to kids with new illegal and physically damaging trends. The devious lick trend has become popular between students. Tis trend promotes the stealing parts of school property and bragging about it on the internet.

Cases of the devious lick trend range as far as hand sanitizer containers to sinks and even bathroom doors. Kate Fowler, writer for Newsweek, even mentions in her article “TikTok Bans ‘Devious Licks’ Trend Which Saw High School Students Arrested” how a high schooler in Florida was arrested for their actions. “School Resource Officers arrested a 15-year-old at Bartow High School in Florida and accused him of criminal mischief and theft after he allegedly stole two hand soap dispensers from the school, both valued at $45 each.”

Another more recent trend has been gaining popularity called Scalp Popping. It consists of someone pulling the other’s hair extremely hard in a single pull, trying to result in a loud popping sound. While not illegal, this trend can be highly damaging to your scalp and can cause heavy internal bleeding

You’re not actually ‘popping’ your scalp. The sound you hear is from your scalp being pulled from your skull quickly. This trend was only recently introduced, so many doctors and parents are hoping it’s popularity fades out before it reaches more victims.

Parents have been questioning whether Tik Tok is safe for their kids now because of this. While Tik Tok has jumped on these trends, it is usually too late, the damage already being done. A stop to these trends doesn’t seem to be in the near future unfortunately. The only thing we can do is be mindful of what we see and keep younger, more naive people, informed of the dangers that these can have.