If you read my blog then you know that I'm a mom. I have two boys ages 7 and 10. I saw this story in the morning on the news.
This is not our school, but it's near us and it got me to thinking. Do my boys know anything about the Hold Your Breath Game/Fainting Game?
So I asked them this morning. And to my horror, my oldest son told me that he knows about it because people in his class do it. I really expected them to be confused by what I was asking and not have a clue what I was talking about.
These are 4th graders that I'm talking about. I don't think they know that they are supposed to pass out or that it may give them a "high". I think they feel it's just a game. But that doesn't mean that it's not dangerous. And that doesn't mean that it won't lead to other more risky behavior.
My seven year old assured me that no one in his class has done this.
This is not my normal blog fodder. But I put this on here because it's not something that I would have thought to ask my children about until I saw it on the news. I thought my kids were too young to be aware of things like this. I thought wrong.
I'm sure that most kids don't know what this is, but it might be worth doing some detective work with your own kids to make sure that this is not happening with them or in their school.
We have since alerted school officials that some of the kids may have been engaging in this risky behavior (no names, just general information).
As parents today we can never let our guard down. NEVER.