A devastated family is warning parents to check their children’s phones after their young daughter died from copying a sick TikTok trend.
Nyla Anderson, 10, was found unconscious in her bedroom at the family home in Chester, Pennsylvania last Sunday after mimicking a dangerous stunt promoted by users on the app.
She was quickly rushed to a nearby hospital, but doctors were sadly unable to save her.
The so-called ‘blackout challenge’ sees participants hold their breath until they pass out — and then share the footage with other users.
Known in previous decades as the ‘fainting game’, the horror craze has been revived on the video sharing platform this year by daredevil teens who sometimes receive millions of views for taking part.
Authorities have not officially stated the challenge as the cause of Nyla’s death, although her parents believe she was attempting it when she died, according to the MailOnline.
TikTok have now started deleting videos on the ‘#blackoutchallenge’ hashtag in an effort to counter the spread of the deadly dare.
Grieving mother Tawainna Anderson, told local television station ABC 7: “Make sure you check your kids’ phones. You never know what you might find on their phones,”
“You wouldn’t think 10-year-olds would try this. They’re trying because they’re kids and they don’t know better.”
Speaking to the New York Post, a TikTok spokesperson insisted the stunt did not originate on the app, saying: “This disturbing ‘challenge,’ which people seem to learn about from sources other than TikTok, long predates our platform and has never been a TikTok trend.”
“We remain vigilant in our commitment to user safety and would immediately remove related content if found. Our deepest sympathies go out to the family for their tragic loss.”
Earlier this year a nonprofit group named ParentsTogether started a petition which demanded that TikTok create "mirror accounts" for children on the platform after a string of deaths connected to the blackout challenge.
The proposed new feature would allow parents to observe what their kids are watching.
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