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PennyChallenge: What Parents Need to Know

  • Attention Parents! There’s another social media trend to worry about.
  • It’s on TikTok. It’s called the #PennyChallenge and it’s dangerous.
  • The #PennyChallenge, also known as the #OutletChallenge, encourages young people to record what happens when a penny is slid between a loosely plugged outlet and phone charger.
  • You’ve guessed it, the result is large sparks of electricity.
  • So far, no injuries. However, a chief public safety officer for the ESA says, Electricity is unforgiving, and no family should have to endure the pain of losing a loved one or their home because of a social media trend.
  • Should social media platforms ban dangerous trends that could hurt or kill others?

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