Please Don't Eat Laundry Pods and Other Useful Information
Submitted by Kathy_Tracey on January 16, 2018 - 8:15pm
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Last Friday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC) tweeted a very simple statement: Please don’t eat laundry pods.
The country is in the midst of another viral challenge. This time, teens are challenging each other to eat Tide Laundry Pods. As a result of this challenge, in the first 16 days of the year, thirty-nine national reports of teenagers ending up in emergency rooms across the country have been recorded.
So what are these viral challenges? Some, like the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge lead to a common good, raising awareness and money for much needed research. Other challenges are simple and not likely to cause harm. (For example, the cinnamon challenge has over 40,000 videos on youtube), but other challenges are much more dangerous. There are rumors of a blue whale challenge that leads children and young teens to self harm.
How do you address these types of challenges in your classroom? For example, for the Laundry Pod Challenge, we could discuss media literacy, talk about dangers of ingesting poisons, perhaps first aid, or even how to contact poison control for information.
What are your thoughts? Let's share any ideas you have about lessons or teaching strategies.