Date: 02-09-2006, 10:50 AM (1 of 7)
I have heard a lot about this and just yesterday a young girl (11 yrs. old) died. Please make yourself aware that kids are really doing this. It is no joke.
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Date: 02-09-2006, 11:33 AM (2 of 7)
That is frightening.
Young people really have no understanding of danger...they just don't get it.
A student from my kids' school died Sunday night while involved in another type of risky behaviour...car surfing. Very sad...
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Date: 02-09-2006, 05:58 PM (3 of 7)
As the articles state the choking game has been around for generations. When my children were very young an aquaintence lost a child this way and I had never heard of it before. When my daughter was around 11 she asked me if I had ever heard about choking as a friend was supposed to have tried it. We talked about it and the dangers. The most appalling thing was the comment my daughter made that it was something someone could do on their own and therefore not embarrass themselves in front of others and it may be interesting! This in spite of the fact that, from an early age, I had talked to both of my children about drugs, alcohol and risks. I used to introduce these talks by playing 'what if ....'games. I believe my adult son may occasionally use pot but my daughter doesn't even drink. She often used to complain about always being the designated driver as she didn't enjoy driving at night any more than I do. She used to wonder if it was the only reason she was invited to beach parties!
As dmoses said, individual teens don't accept that risky behaviour can actually lead to damage to THEM as an individual . This concept is supported in research. One program I heard of that was successful was one that involved choices and the concept that if one was damaged in someway by an activity the one had made a choice to be damaged. Interesting perspective if it can be sold.
As physical fitness is now being stressed and more young people undertaking fitness programs it is hoped a healthier mentality will occur.
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Date: 02-10-2006, 12:26 AM (4 of 7)
Shortly after my husband and I were married, his young cousin (he was 16) played the game by himself, putting a plastic bag over his head. Supposedly, they keep it on long enough to feel themselves black out, then feel the Rush as their brain cells get oxygen again when the bag is taken off. Well, he didn't get the bag off in time, fell and hit his head (he had locked himself in the bathroom) and died. His parents were devastated and even now, some 25 years later, they still are haunted by this silly act and will never be the same.
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Date: 02-10-2006, 01:24 AM (5 of 7)
I guess kids aren't as 'simple' as we were as kids. Bikes, skates, skateboards,
softball, volleyball, basketball, chase me or just walking were fun...we didn't NEED thrills. (thrills were for when you thought you put one over on yer parents and got away with it...before you got spanked or yelled at).
Or walking in a cemetary at night and scaring yourself, or just plain sitting around telling spooky stories...
I'm glad I'm not a kid these days...it's too hard to be one.
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Date: 02-10-2006, 10:54 AM (6 of 7)
I'm with you Chrysantha - back when I was a kid we were too scared to do anything stupid like that. It was more thrilling to live another day after my father would discipline us!
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Date: 02-11-2006, 04:18 PM (7 of 7)
I think it's a matter of attitude too. I went to the same high school Chrys did -- a few years earlier -- and I always found plenty of trouble to get into. Both my girls were gave me a lot less trouble than I gave my mom.
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