When I was growing up, my friends and I dared each other to carry out innocent acts like confess to your crush, talk in a robot voice, make animal noises at strangers or dip your hands in the toilet bowl.
We were often embarrassed by these challenges, but we never really put ourselves in harm's way. The same can't be said about kids today.
Recently, adolescents have been participating in a bizarre and extremely dangerous social media trend called "The Tide Pod Challenge," which involves biting down on the detergent pod until the seal bursts.
The challenge has forced many young people to visit the emergency room, and doctors issued warnings about the dangers that arise from consuming the detergent. The chemicals in the laundry pods could damage the respiratory tract, and could even be fatal.
Supermarkets started to lock up Tide Pod bags or insert security tags that would prevent teens from accessing them.
The hype slowly subsided, but it didn't take long for it to be replaced by another dangerous challenge: The Hot Coil Challenge.