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Teens are full of ideas — some of them great and others dangerous. While you're likely aware of the good things happening in your teen's life, you should also be aware of the dangerous teen trends that could be occurring among their peer groups.

Butt chugging, vampire biting, chatroulette... is your teen involved?

Snorting condoms, trunking, butt chugging... say what?! Some teens are getting creative and not in a good way. Read up on the latest dangerous teen trends and talk to your kids.

Salt and ice

Salt and ice

How dangerous can two simple items that everyone has in their homes really be? The answer is very dangerous, actually. Teens are participating in the salt and ice challenge, which SheKnows parenting writer Sherri Kuhn explained in July.

"The challenge involves nothing more than a handful of salt and some ice cubes," Kuhn wrote. "Participants pour the salt into their hand and then add the ice cubes. Some simply close their fist and see how long they can hold it closed — others actually have friends press the salt/ice mixture onto their skin and hold it. The object is to see who has the higher pain tolerance and can withstand the burning pain the longest."

Teens are giving themselves second and third degree burns with this dangerous "game." Google "salt and ice" to see just how damaging the results can be. (Be prepared for some graphic images.) 

Butt chugging/eyeballing

Vodka - Teen butt chugging and eyeballing

If the name "butt chugging" scares you, wait until you read more about this teen trend. Instead of drinking alcohol, some teens are ingesting their alcohol through their rectums. Think along the lines of an enema — but with booze and for no reason other than to become intoxicated. Butt chugging is extremely dangerous. It can cause severe alcohol poisoning, tissue damage and death.

Earlier this year, a University of Tennessee student was hospitalized after a butt chugging incident left him with severe alcohol poisoning.

Eyeballing is an equally disturbing teen trend that involves taking a shot of hard liquor — in one's eye socket. Eyeballing can cause irritation, swelling, cornea scarring and blindness.

And just in case you haven't heard of this, some teen girls are soaking tampons in vodka and other hard alcohol and inserting them in the same manner they would a regular tampon.



Some teens think rules were made for breaking and they've gotten very creative about how they break those rules. Many states prohibit teens under the age of 18 who have either a learner's permit or a driver's license from transporting other teens. Some states call it a graduated driver's licensing program or something similar.

Back when we were teens, once we had a license at 16, we could usually fill up our car with our friends — assuming our parents were OK with it — and hit the road. But today, that's not the case in many states. To get around it, some teens are having their friends ride in the trunks of their cars.

Additionally, teens sometimes do this when they have no additional room for passengers in the actual car. Trunking is dangerous for obvious reasons — mainly, in the event of a car accident, the riders in the trunk can be injured or killed.

Vampire biting

Vampire bite

Some teens are taking the Twilight Saga a little too far and are showing their commitment in a very unusual — and unsafe — way: With "love" bites. Yes, this dangerous teen trend is exactly what it sounds like. Teens are biting each other in what can only be described as a modern day hickey. Teens who do this are apparently looking for a way to feel closer to their boyfriend or girlfriend.

The risks: HIV, hepatitis and infection at the bite site.


Girl on Chatroulette.com

"The number one most dangerous teen fad is ChatRoulette.com. The site is essentially random Skype, where people — adults, teens and kids — can video chat with random strangers 24 hours a day," explains Nick Monacelli of ABC News 10.

Sound concerning? It is — for obvious reasons. And while it might seem anonymous, your teen could reveal info that would allow the person they're chatting with to locate them.

The roulette part of this game is that your teen has no idea who is on the other side of the screen — perhaps it's someone who is in their underwear or naked.

Condom snorting

Condom snortingGenerally, parents would want their teens to use condoms versus remain unprotected, but in this case, we're not talking about utilizing condoms for sexual activity.

If your teen takes the "condom challenge," he's going to snort a condom through his nose and pull it out of his mouth. Yes, really. It's hard to imagine how one wins this condom snorting challenge, other than not choking to death.

Other dangerous teen trends

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Comments on "Parents be aware: Dangerous teen trends"

Joseline June 14, 2013 | 4:56 PM

Honestly I believe that majority are smarter then this. I am a teen now and I havent heard of like 50% of these.. I actually laughed at the thought of someone "butt-chugging" why would you do that. oh my goodness..

crystal April 30, 2013 | 1:40 PM

As someone in her early 20's, I think the author of this article does a great job of fear mongering. With that being said, additionally it's unfortunate that the article stereotypes teenagers and is written in a way that makes it seem as if these are the raging trends. These aren't the raging trends amongst teenagers. These are all incredibly rare situations, and any one with common sense either as a teenager or as a parent should (if you have a brain) be able to understand what the difference is between a trend and stupid people in an agegroup.

Daisy April 27, 2013 | 1:56 AM

I'm 18, and I have NEVER heard of "butt chugging" "eyeballing " "trunking" or "CONDOM SNORTING?!" I'm simply blown away. Teens can be so stupid.

Madra April 26, 2013 | 9:00 AM

Speaking as a teen... this stuff looks ridiculous, disgusting, and stupid. Not to mention, the way the article carries on, these issues are being treated like propaganda to inspire fear. I don't know anyone who does anything like this.

Janet Dubac April 23, 2013 | 8:36 AM

I had seen one video of a teenager doing that condom snorting thing and it was really, really scary. As a parent, I pray that my children never do any of these things. Although we need to help our children establish independence during their teenage years, these years are also important years to keep our children in check.

D April 23, 2013 | 4:03 AM

The point is not to HOPE you don't have teems like this, the point is to ENSURE you do not raise children who are this cavalier with their own safety, or just down right stupid. HOPE is what we don't need.

Taylor April 22, 2013 | 4:11 PM

as hilarious as this article is most of this is just natural selection at it's finest

Concerned Teen February 08, 2013 | 12:52 PM

Just wanted to point out that these things rarely happen. The salt and ice challenge is just dumb. But let's face it; if someone is willing enough to burn themselves to show off they're going to do other stuff too. Whoever does this likely did the cinnamon challenge and posted it on youtube. The whole butt chugging and soaked tampon thing is often only done by people -yes, adults do it more than teens- that are alcoholics/wanna-be bad eggs and want to be intoxicated when they aren't permitted to be. "Trunking" is just stupid. But I don't think there is actually a name for it, just simply riding in someone's trunk. And no, it is not a fad among teens. Biting instead of giving a hickey has been going on for a long time. Sure infections and stuff can happen from them, but since the one getting the "lovebite" would most likely be sleeping with the person giving it to them the chances of them getting AIDS, HIV, etc, are just the same. And last, chatroulette is just as dangerous as any other site your child, teen, mother, or grandfather goes on where they can talk to random strangers. Just tell your teen to not be a little tramp and show her boobs/his wiener and all should be fine as long as you taught them how to act on the internet by not giving away personal info. The main reason I posted this is because people get stupid ideas about what teens do these days from articles such as this. But most of this stuff is done more by adults or just plain dumb people in general. So don't worry parents, your child is more likely to join in on the jeggings fad than any of these. (Which is one of the actual horrible trends of today). :)

TBrandt January 04, 2013 | 11:12 AM

Butt chugging?! Whatever happened to just drinking from a red solo cup?! I'm pretty sure I would have been ostracized as a teen if I were "That girl who drinks vodka through her butt." What is the world coming to

Carolyn January 04, 2013 | 7:41 AM

I had no idea about some of these. So scary and I'm sure most parents aren't aware of what is going on. Just more things that we need to discuss with our teens.

Maria January 03, 2013 | 11:12 AM

Butt chugging, good lord. I am not ready to have teens.

Amy January 02, 2013 | 1:28 PM

Oh my gosh this is horrifying!!! Butt chugging should NEVER be done. You can easily die from putting that much alcohol into your bloodstream so fast. It's crazy what teens do now a days. I really hope my kids aren't like that :(

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