Authorities issue warning after emergence of 'The 48-Hour Missing Challenge'

via WREG:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (WREG) -- Just when you think you’ve seen it all: kids eating Tide Pods as part of the "Tide Pod Challenge," or driving blindfolded as part of the recent "Bird Box Challenge" -- a new challenge is taking over.

It’s called "The 48 Hours Missing Challenge."

Teens are now daring each other to go missing for two days so that their name will turn up on social media. The teens are awarded points for every time someone mentions them online while they are missing, WFSB reported.

The Albuquerque Police Department says not only is this challenge dangerous, but it could also tie them up while there are real emergencies.

Child psychiatrist Dr. Shawn Sidhu says teens are compelled to participate in challenges like these.

He says it’s never a good idea to assume your son or daughter knows better than to involve themselves in these challenges. Instead, he explains it’s best to talk to your kids about the dangers they face.

APD says if a kid is caught participating in the challenge, they could potentially face charges through juvenile probation.

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