What Is The “Hot Water Challenge”? At Least One Teen Has Died After Participating In This


15-year-old Kyland Clark is the latest victim of viral peer pressure, sustaining second-degree burns after participating in something dubbed the #hotwaterchallenge. It bares resemblance to the popular #icebucketchallenge from a few years back in that it dares people to douse themselves in water, only this time that water is boiling hot.

Clark and his friend looked up the challenge online, and when the teen fell asleep, his friend decided to pour the hot water on him as a joke. What happened next is the textbook definition of “it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.” “I looked down at my chest, and my skin just fell off my chest,” he told Fox59.

Fortunately Clark’s burns are expected to heal, but he’s not the only victim of this viral challenge. The challenge also calls on participants to drink boiling hot water out of a straw. As Health points out, 8-year-old Ki’ari Pope died last year after attempting the drinking version. She got the idea watching videos on YouTube.

These horrific incidents are reminders of how vigilant adult guardians must be of children, and how important it is to educate kids on responsible internet use. While so much of the focus on internet safety seems to be on blocking porn and protecting children from online predators, adults also need to teach kids how to deal with one of the greatest threats on and off-line: peer pressure.

“Parents, talk to your kids about these challenges,” Ki’ari’s aunt, Diane Johnson told a local CBS affiliate. “Don’t just give them your phone and let them go by. Watch what they are doing.”