What is the condom snorting challenge? Experts say teens search out dangerous trends
SAN ANTONIO (KABB) - Some San Antonio-area parents are attending an informative class on dangerous trends; they're learning new ways to keep their children safe.
If you're not up to date on the latest advances in technology and you have children, then this is the class for you.
"There are all kinds of drugs and kids are clever, so it's just really what are our kids doing? So, that's what we try to share," said Stephen Enriquez, a state education specialist.
Educators are visiting area schools to talk drug and alcohol prevention, and make sure parents are aware of dangerous trends like the condom snorting challenge.
The condom snorting challenge is when a person takes an unwrapped condom and inhales it through one nostril and pulls it through their mouth.
"Because these days our teens are doing everything for likes, views and subscribers," added Enriquez. "As graphic as it is, we have to show parents because teens are going online looking for challenges and recreating them."
"I had never seen that before, so that was really a shock to me," said parent Debbie Miller.
Then there's the next generation of vaping called juuling.
"And it looks just like a flash drive and it allows you to smoke nicotine but because it looks like a flash drive, it's coming into our schools," explained Enriquez.
There's more than meets the eye with some cellphone apps like Snapchat.
"Folks like to use them for filters and things but it's actually the No. 1 sexting app that's available," said Enriquez.
Speaking of cellphones, advances in technology now allow parents to monitor cellphone activity and get important notifications.
"So, you're able to view deleted text messages, current text messages, phone call logs, you can track location, and there are other apps that will let you actually pause the phone," added Enriquez.
Monitoring apps vary depending on your cell provider.
Miller has 11-year old twins.
"My daughters are going into middle school next year and I just wanted to bring awareness to myself to find out what the trends are, what's going on, so that I can just be aware," she said.
To find out when the class on dangerous teen trends will be held in your area, call Mayra De Hoyos at 210-370-5617.