I was an idiot as a teenager and Mama and Papa Murray can confirm that.

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So I guess making stupid mistakes has sort of become a right of passage into adulthood.

But I am also super grateful that I did not grow up in a world with social media.

There have been a countless number of dangerous challenges that have gone viral for one reason: kids are looking for likes, followers and to become famous on social media instantaneously.

I can't believe it but there is ANOTHER new viral social media challenge that that parents should worry about.

If your kid completes it, they could receive legal consequences.

But first, let me just remind you of the other social media trends to talk to your kids about that have also recently gone viral:

Dangerous & Harmful Social Media Challenges Parents Should Be Aware Of

You have to know about them before you can do something about them.

But now to the newest trend...it is called the Devious Lick Trend but it actually has nothing to do with using one's tongue whatsoever.

In teenage lingo terms, "licks" are "A successful type of theft which results in an acceptable, impressive and rewarding payday," such as video views, followers and overall clout on social media.

This is all according to UrbanDictionary.com.

So yes, kids are stealing things and then posting about them. It basically sounds like an idea taken from 'World's Dumbest Criminals.'

Teenagers are taking things like face masks, exit signs, road signs, school property and soap dispensers.

Uhhhh....what on earth can be done with a stolen soap dispenser?

Schools are aware of this trend and have issued warnings across the country stating that any students caught stealing school property will be arrested.

Here is a VIDEO being recorded as a warning went over a school's announcement system.

“For those that are participating, please know that when we do catch you we will discipline you to the fullest extent and you will be arrested and you will be responsible for any of the monetary damages that have been done,” said the school administrator. “Because of the antics of a few, we don’t have soap in any of the boys’ restrooms...nor do we have any more soap dispensers so you will not be able to thoroughly wash your hands.”

 

“Soap dispensers, exit signs, safety signage for fire rescue, and classroom telephones are just a few of the items that were removed and stolen this week,” posted another school. “We love our Seahawks and we do not want to see any of them arrested so PLEASE talk to your kids. If they are participating in this activity you will be hearing from an administrator and our School Resource Officer. Let’s work together to put a stop to this now.”

And if you can't get your kid to see why this trend is such a bad idea, tell them that they would be stealing for no reason.

TikTok has announced that they will be taking down all videos with any of the following hashtags: #devious, #licks, #deviouslicks or anything related.

So they would be risking arrest for no reason because the video wouldn't be posted long enough for them to go viral or become TikTok famous.

“We expect our community to stay safe and create responsibly, and we do not allow content that promotes or enables criminal activities. We are removing this content and redirecting hashtags and search results to our Community Guidelines to discourage such behavior,” said a TikTok rep.

You can take a look at all the information on this Devious Licks Challenge at NJ.com.
I am no parent but I was once an idiot teenager and to this day, I am very grateful my parents sat me down and had conversations with me about issues just like this one.
Were they successful in having me avoid serious trouble? Sort of.
But imagine how bad it would have been if they didn't guide me at all. EEK!
Stay safe and ignore those social media challenges!

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