Warnings of dangerous online ‘salt and ice challenge’ sweeping UK schools

Rob Waugh
Contributor

WARNING: CONTAINS DISTRESSING IMAGES

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A dangerous online craze has seen children seriously injuring themselves in a game known as the ‘salt and ice challenge’.

The NSPCC has issued a warning after children came home from schools with burns – some bad enough to leave lasting scars.

The ‘challenge’ sees children putting a mixture of salt and ice on their arms – which is dangerous because the temperature rapidly drops far below the temperature of ice.

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Children post images of their arms on Facebook and other social media sites, the charity warned.

The craze previously surfaced in America, but has now become popular in Britain.


The NSPCC said, ‘:It’s important for schools keep a close eye on all emerging trends and we welcome the police’s warning to head teachers.

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“The rise of social media has contributed to increasing peer pressure amongst children and this ‘craze’ is another clear example of the risks.

“The NSPCC publishes advice and guidance for parents on discussing online safety with their children, as well as Net Aware – the UK’s only parental guide to social media and gaming apps.