Kids snorting sweets warning
Kids create disturbing trend with fake cocaine-snorting videos.

A school in the US distributed a letter to parents warning of a disturbing trend: children are crushing up sweets and then snorting the powder through rolled up dollar bills as if it is cocaine. There are even videos of kids doing this on Youtube, despite the risks, according to the Mail Online.

Nose maggots!

The powdery sweets, called Smarties, (not to be confused with local Smarties which are made of chocolate) don’t have any addictive properties, but the letter warned parents of the possible health risks associated with snorting the powder, including:

•    Lacerations if sharp pieces are snorted
•    Scarring of nasal tissue
•    Allergic reactions to sugar
•    Irritation of the lungs and possible lung infections
•    Maggots may even feed on the sugar inside the nostrils.

Reputation management

The craze is said to have appeared as early as 2007 on Youtube although teens and even kids as young as nine have been caught doing it recently. Youtube has been removing the videos as they are in violation of content policies, but copies are still being distributed. Parent24 won’t share a video as they depict kids in a way which could be harmful to their health and reputation.

Teens often do silly things for the purposes of creating “funny” videos, sometimes taking risks or performing dangerous dares on each other.

If your child is an avid Youtuber or is addicted to creating Vines or Instagram videos, you could consider insisting on having access to their accounts. A video, once shared, is difficult to remove from the internet, and your child’s reputation may be damaged for years.

That said, most kids are sensible enough to realise that snorting sweets is not the wisest thing to do.

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