Police want parents to keep close watch over their teens because of a dangerous “48-hour challenge” that’s making its way around the Internet. The challenge encourages teens to go missing for up to two days at a time and gives them points for each social media mention they get while they’re missing. So these “missing” kids are rewarded when their frantic family members ask Facebook friends for help finding them.
Police warn that this is not only dangerous for the kids involved, but it could also get authorities involved and strain resources while there are real emergencies that they should be focusing on. “Whether it's a prank or not, we are going to use the same amount of resources,” explains OfficerSimon Drobik, spokesman for the Albuquerque Police Department.
Police say anyone caught participating in the “48-hour challenge” could face charges. They’re taking it seriously because other challenges, including the one that had people eatingTide Podsand theNetflix film Bird Boxone that dared them to try doing things blindfolded, became so popular.