The Choking Game …

I am amazed at how an innocent drive to drop kids off at school, can add another item to my list of things to worry about regarding my kids.

This subject was totally out of the blue – I flicked a radio channel and heard it as I was going past, and thought “hey what the fk…” or I said “goodness me, what is that…” = you pick the one that sits better with you.

There is a “game” that is rampant enough to warrant a local website and an organisation.  Yes, I am scared!  Never heard of this one before.

This is a ‘game’ where one child makes themself ‘pass out’ – or ‘self asphyxiate’.  Kids choke themselves or have a friend choke them.  For fun.

It can kill them—  it appears to be more common than I realised.  According to the report if I think my kids are not playing this, or there are kids at my kids school who are not already playing this game, then I need to dig my head out of the hole and face reality.

What??? or What the Fk??

This game cuts off the oxygen/blood supply to the brain leaves those who participate in it feeling an ‘altered state’ when they start to become conscious.  Kids are doing this for shits and giggles.

And you thought that the only thing you needed to worry about was Pokemons or your kid listening to Kurt Darren!

As the child lays on the floor ‘twitching’ it is a sign that their brain is having a seizure – the body releases all sorts of chemicals (adrenaline, etc) so that the body hopefully survives.  The release of all the chemicals creates a “high” – this high is addictive, either as a must have, or that is a cool party trick to do with a great feeling side effect.

I’ll say it again “what the fk?”

It often begins with high-achieving teens choking each other as a way to get high without the risk of getting caught with drugs or alcohol. It ends with thousands of kids dying or suffering permanent brain damage each year.

My mouth is hanging open at the concept of “the choking game” existing – what the hell is happening.  I am disturbed that there is yet another thing to add to my list of things to shit in my pants and worry about.

Do I raise this subject with my kids, or do I quietly burrow my head in the sand and ignore it and hope {and pray} that it never darkens my door …… this is a foreign concept in my neck of the woods, I think I might rather discuss o*sex with my kids as a subject than this one.

In all my things I knew to worry about, none of the baby books mentioned this as something I would need to cover.

Resources in the event that this is a new concept to you as well:-