From time to time, so-called “trends” appear – fads that go viral on social media. Something innocent and even fun, such as dancing. But others can have serious consequences and even death, as in the case of “Blackout Challenge”, “Blue Whale”, Skull Breaker or Magnetic Sphere, both of which have already become a cause for concern in reports made by CRESCER.
Now, “wave” is the “concealer trend”, where students use liquid concealer powder to mimic the production and sale of drugs. One student wrote in the comments, “I do this every day.” “I do too (laughs),” said another. “School kids do it too. I’ve been since 7th,” said another.
There are hundreds of tic-tac-toe videos from various states in Brazil, where students are showing step by step “powder production” imitating drug trafficking.
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But the fun goes beyond production. Many have even sniffed the dust. In this video, a student gives an account of his classroom experience.
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In the comments, he later explained what happened: “So, brother, I swear it’s going to get worse, luck that didn’t happen. [professora] He just took the boy to the bathroom with my concealer because it got into his nose, “she said.
One student commented, “I don’t understand this business.” And the same student answers: “It’s just that in the Euphoria series it’s considered a drug”. Then another comment: “In my school, everyone is doing it. That’s where the police end up”. Euphoria is an American television series originally aired on HBO, an adaptation of the original Israeli series. The story follows a group of high school students who experience drugs, sex, trauma and social media. “At my school, a lot of people have already been suspended,” said one. “This concealer thing is being sold in class there for 2 stories [reais] “I sniffed it in front of my teacher and he smiled at me,” said another.
Not just teenagers
The problem has already reached the children’s classroom. The mother of an 11-year-old from Greater Sao Paulo said in an interview with CRESCER that her son’s school already had a tendency to hide. “We had a meeting of all the sixth graders this week, and one parent commented on a video of the students that mimicked that horrible drug use scene. “, Said the mother, who prefers not to reveal her identity.
“According to the director, the students are obsessed with tick tock. He said parents should be banned from using their app if they want to do something for their children. Some people thought it was unreasonable to talk about the ban, others agreed. Things are going very wrong ৷ I’m so scared, yeah, because of this curiosity ৷ it’s an age we have to keep an eye on and unfortunately, some friends eventually persuade others to join ৷ the wave, otherwise, it creates a situation of bullying and exclusion “, He reflected.
“We, the parents, complained and questioned the school. The names of the students were pointed out and they said it would be investigated. From the moment the student stays inside the school, the school has to contribute. What is happening. As much as we talk and explain, “We do not know what they are talking about. The epidemic has increased the use of the Internet and now we need to work out the best way to reduce the consequences,” he said.
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Risk of intoxication
Manuel de Nobrega, secretary of the autorinolaryngologist department at the Sao Paulo Society of Pediatrics (SPSP), explained that the composition contains titanium dioxide, a liquid modifier, which gives a white color; Ethanol, which acts as a solvent and dries quickly; Polymer, which gives consistency; And dispersants to keep the mixture uniform. “Thus, ‘white’, when inhaled through the nose, causes irritation, discomfort, pain, and burning sensation in the mucosa. “As a result, there is still a possibility of developing or exacerbating allergic rhinitis, and ultimately, depending on the amount of the drug. Inhaling a significant amount of the substance can reach the lungs, leading to pneumonia,” he warned.
If the child or adolescent has already inhaled the substance, the doctor may recommend a nasal wash first. “Nasal rinsing with serum already helps to remove particles, but, later, you should consult your doctor,” he said. And the expert still makes a provocation. “As parents, we must always ask ourselves: what will be the next challenge? Unfortunately, this is not the first and it will not end. We must reflect and, above all, always be vigilant. In this case, children and adolescents are a very Imitating drug use, which is cocaine, is an insignificant addiction, and an addiction that kills. When it does not kill, it destroys families, relationships, builds dependence, and they have no idea they are running at risk. Many, even , May feel that the effects of cocaine are similar to those of ‘bronquinho’, ”he said.
“The role of our applications needs to be reconsidered. Videos can only be released by minors with the explicit consent of their parents. If the law is not changed, children and adolescents will always be victims of such incidents,” he added.
How to talk to kids?
According to psychiatrist and psychotherapist Weimar Botura, chairman of the adolescent committee of the Associação Paulista de Medicina, the powder, the substance used in this new fad, is secondary. “What’s more serious attitude. What adults should ask themselves is: why do these young people and children have to do something that attracts attention and that makes them feel like breaking a rule and inciting censorship?” One has to try to understand, to be recognized, to be verified as a human being, “he warned.” It’s a whole lot that isn’t being identified, “he added.
Guidelines are for parents to talk to their children. “This is a sign, an important warning that something needs to be done so that it does not develop into another habit. However, it is important to emphasize that dialogue means listening to others, including adult prospects. They need to be open, not just talk, they need to listen and, above all, think about what the child is saying. ” If they have difficulty communicating, experts say parents should not give up. “To find out what other causes are happening, seek advice from parents while still in school,” Weimer said. “Adults often have already prepared answers and in this case, the child stops talking,” he warned.
What does TikTok say?
Through the press office, the Tik Tok app commented: “TikTok is committed to the security of our community and we remove content and accounts that violate our Community Guidelines.”