A viral challenge called the “Skull Breaker Challenge” that originated on TikTok is landing more and more kids in the hospital with serious injuries—and now school officials are sounding the alarm to parents and educators. 

The challenge, also called the “Tripping Jump Challenge” is a prank where two people ask a third to record a synchronized jump for social media. They jump once in tandem, then on the second jump, the two people on the outside sweep the legs of the middle person out from under him. The resulting undercut usually causes the person to fall flat on his back and hit his head—and can cause life-threatening injuries. 

The parents of a New Jersey 13-year-old told CBS News their son suffered a concussion that resulted in a seizure after the prank. Reports of injuries have also surfaced in Alabama, Florida, and Arizona.

In one Louisana school district, officials released a warning on Facebook this week alerting teachers and parents of the dangerous prank after a 7th grader fell victim to the prank at recess on Monday and ended up in the hospital. 

“We ask that you notify your staff about this challenge and have your PE coaches educate each class on the dangers of this activity and that participation in this behavior will not be tolerated and will result in disciplinary action,” the statement read. 

Your immediate attention to this matter is requested. It's called the Tripping Jump Challenge and it started from the…

Posted by Livingston Parish Public Schools on Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Doctors say injuries from an unprotected fall like the one caused in the Skull Breaker Challenge can be very serious or even fatal. 

With the massive popularity of TikTok and other social media apps, this latest challenge is just another reason it’s so important to talk with our tweens and teens about their online activity.

Their lives could very well depend on it. 

Raising kids in a technology-driven world can be a challenge. We love the practical advice in Screenwise for helping kids navigate the digital world around them. Don’t have time to sit and read? Listen here, on Audible.

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Carolyn Moore

Carolyn traded a career in local TV news for a gig as a stay-at-home mom, where the days are just as busy and the pay is only slightly worse. She lives in flyover country with her husband and four young kids, and occasionally writes about raising them at Assignment Mom