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These days, foolish challenges like the Kiki Challenge are giving sleepless nights to parents. How best to keep kids safe, away from all these life threatening challenges?
“Dear Parents, whether Kiki loves your child or not, we are sure you do! So, please stand by your kids in all the challenges in life except #KikiChallenge.” – This was the advisory issued by UP Police recently.
Not just in UP, such warnings are being circulated by the cops all over India be it Bangalore or Chandigarh. Many countries like Spain, Egypt, Malaysia and Dubai have actually banned the kiki challenge.
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Nowadays with social media quickly capturing everybody’s attention, things go viral sooner than before. So, as parents, we must know and be aware of all those trends unnecessarily capturing our kids’ attention.
This challenge has many names like ‘Kiki Challenge’, ‘In My Feelings Challenge’ or ‘The Shiggy Dance Challenge’. There is this song ‘Kiki, do you love me?’, by a Canadian Rap Singer Drake. It’s a peppy number. But the challenge wasn’t started by him.
“Start the music on your car stereo, get out of the car, dance and then get in while your friend, in the driver seat, would shoot your video doing all this.” Simple right? Now, do all this while the vehicle is moving. Bizarre, isn’t it? But this the new and dangerous trend on social media. Earlier it was only on Instagram and its now getting into all other platforms as well.
This challenge went viral on the 30th of June this year. The singer just danced for the song. But the social media star comedian Shiggy posted a video on Instagram where he was seen dancing to the song on a road. Later, American footballer Odell Beckham Jr also recorded himself dancing outside his car. Even somebody like Will Smith have uploaded the video of #Kikichallenge on top of a bridge in Budapest. Though Will Smith has now condemned the act.
Some known faces from India like Nia and Adah Sharma have also attempted and posted their videos on internet. Many starlets, struggling stars, and social media celebrities are trying this as well. Which ever kind of a celebrity you are, if you even have one person looking up to you and following you, then you must stay away from such life-threatening challenges.
Speak to your kids openly about such foolish and risky things that are trending. Yesterday it was ‘blue whale’, today its the kiki, and tomorrow it will be something else.
Keep open communication with kids, that’s the key.
If your children are old enough to drive a car, ask them their whereabouts, and let them know that you know what they are up to.
Also make them aware about various punishments under the Vehicle Act. Police can not only cancel their license or ask them to surrender the RC of the car, but also arrest and put them into jail. As getting out of a moving vehicle can be life-threatening to others on the road and not just to the person himself or herself.
The driver of the car is also violating the Vehicle Act, by using mobile phone while driving. So, guide your kids not to accompany any of their friends trying to take up this challenge.
Many people have already been injured badly by crashing into poles and tripping into the potholes. Let’s be vigilant parents, especially for teenagers, and I would second UP police on this that we are not sure if KiKi loves our kids, but we surely do. So, let’s stand by our kids in their walk of like in every challenge they take up, but definitely not the #KikiChallenge.
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