Trinidad & Tobago: Parents, watch out for those Tik Tok challenges

Parents and guardians are being advised to be more vigilant when it comes to their children’s use of social media apps, following the death of a nine-year-old boy in a Tik Tok challenge gone wrong.

Speaking at a conference on Tuesday to address the physical reopening of schools, Education Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly said parents must keep current with trends and know what children are looking at and doing.

She extended condolences to the family of the young child, as well as a teenager who died by suicide.

Gadsby-Dolly said the Ministry received no referrals through its Student Support Services Division and it’s unclear what may their home situations may have been.

She noted that the learning dynamic has changed with many students using their phones for learning, and with this in mind, they must be taught how to utilise these tools.

The Minister warned the children may not be aware of the dangers these challenges pose and parents must be mindful of what consequences they may have.


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