Thursday, August 21, 2014

Have you heard about the "Fire Challenge"?

As I was driving home from work the other day, I heard a disturbing news story on the radio that instantly grabbed my attention.

A new and life-threatening social-media trend has gone viral among teens.
It’s called the “fire challenge.”

In short, teens are daring one another to use flammable liquids to set themselves on fire, quickly douse the flames and then post a video of the entire incident on YouTube or Facebook.

The trend has become so popular that it has resulted in tens of thousands of horrifying “fire challenge” videos appearing online—in addition to emergency room visits across the country. In the last few weeks, several children, one as young as 11-years-old, have experienced serious burns from engaging in this “challenge.”

“We’re just asking parents and even other teenagers to sit down with each other and talk about what the real consequences are,” said a local fire-prevention expert.

As I listened to the story on my car radio, I felt horrified by the self-destructive trends that seem to be gripping so many teens in this nation and began to pray for the hearts and souls of our children.

excerpt from Daly Focus by Jim Daly of Focus on the Family       click here for entire story