What? The Touch My Body challenge is a new online trend which sees one person blindfolded while a second player forces them to touch a part on their body. The result is often participants being forced to touch another person’s private body parts. They are then filmed attempting to guess which body part they touched and the videos are shared across social media. The videos have been widely shared online in the past two weeks..
What issue does this raise? Sharing of inappropriate content,
How can I help prevent this? Talk to your child about the game and ask them if they have ever seen any Touch My Body Challenges or have ever been asked to take part. This may seem like a difficult conversation to have so chose neutral ground or somewhere you both feel comfortable. Reiterate once something is online, it’s extremely difficult to get removed.
Urge your child to apply the ‘t-shirt test’ when it comes to sharing images, pictures or videos to friends. Would you wear it on your T-shirt? If not, then don’t send it. Explicit content can spread very quickly over the internet and affect your child’s reputation at school and in their community both now and in the future. It could also affect their education and employment prospects.