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9-year-old boy dies trying to challenge TikTok

A 9-year-old boy died while trying to do a dangerous mission tik tok challenge.

San Diego-based Fox5 reported that the boy, named only Matias, was attempting a “blackout challenge” at his home in Tijuana, Mexico.

According to the PopBuzz website, participants dare to restrict airflow “until they lose consciousness.”

The site added that the challenge has gained traction on TikTok but is ahead of social media. Kids now tend to discover it online, as they may have heard about it before from friends.

Matthias was discovered by a neighbor hanging from a tree. police He told Fox5 that the boy had wrapped a house in the garden around his neck.

One of the women told the news outlets, “When I got there he was already on the ground, I gave him first aid and I could barely feel his heartbeat. And when the police and paramedics got there, he wasn’t responding.”

A friend of the victim confirmed to authorities that Matthias was trying to defy the blackout after seeing it in a viral video. The boy’s mother was at work at that time without a care.

Medical professionals warn of the dangers of the challenge, which has also been known as the ‘fainting game’, ‘dream fast’, and the ‘pass challenge’ for many years. Several children have died trying this since the beginning of 2021.

in March , Joshua Heliosus, A 12-year-old boy from Aurora, Colorado, was discovered unconscious after trying to do so. He spent 19 days on life support before he died.

In January, a 10 year old girl in Italy He died after trying to challenge with a belt, after seeing a video of someone doing it on TikTok. The girl, who was from Palermo in Sicily, was taken to hospital due to cardiac arrest, where she was declared brain dead.

In 2008, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report revealing that at least 82 young adults died as a result of a “choking game” between 1995 and 2007.

Of this number, 87 percent were male and the majority were between the ages of 11 and 16. The study identified deaths in 31 different states.

a Center for Disease Control “The researchers said the study may underestimate the number of deaths,” a press release about the report added.

A petition launched by the nonprofit group ParentsTogether TikTok called for the creation of “mirror accounts” that would allow parents to monitor what their children watch.

“These mirror narratives will allow parents to intervene in risky situations and talk to their children about harmful content, such as excessive dieting, life-threatening behavior, and white supremacist substances,” the petition read.

In a previous statement to NEWSWEEK“We do not allow content that encourages, promotes or glorifies potentially dangerous behavior and our teams work hard to identify and remove content that violates our policies,” TikTok said.

Users are also encouraged to report any dangerous content they see on the platform.

NEWSWEEK Contact TikTok for a comment.

TikTok logo on smartphone screen. A 9-year-old has died while attempting a serious challenge on social media.
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