#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?