11-Year-Old Dies While Playing a Social Media Game He Learned About on 'Kik'

pass-out challengeThis story is every parent's worst nightmare. The mother of an 11-year-old boy found her son dead as a result of playing an online game called "pass-out challenge."

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Latrice Hurst said her son, Davorius Gray, had been playing games he discovered online called pass-out challenge and hangman, in which children choke themselves to the point of passing out.

Hurst is now urging other parents to check their children's social media accounts, as she believes this may have helped her prevent this tragedy.

In a statement she released through her pastor, she said:

If I could rewind time, I would go back and heavily monitor his use of social media, YouTube and the Internet. I would just say, I don’t believe young people should be on social media and it should be limited to adults, or at the very least, with extreme adult supervision -- where the parents can see everything that takes place on the sites -- should be a requirement.

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Your heart breaks for this poor mother. Many times you see your children on devices and assume they're playing an innocent game, but if you really don't know what they're up to, consider this a wake-up call to find out.

Hurst says her son was using an app called Kik and that that's where he discovered the "game" that ultimately cut short his young life. This isn't the first time the app has been linked to a death. The gruesome murder of Nicole Madison Lovell by two Virginia Tech freshmen occurred after she chatted with an 18-year-old man she met on the app. 

Though your kids probably won't appreciate your scrolling through their devices or peering over their shoulders, these warnings are too important to ignore. Your child's life may depend on your vigilance.

 

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