Update from a TikTok Spokesperson on the matter:

"We expect our community to stay safe and create responsibly, and we do not allow content that promotes or enables criminal activities. We are removing this content and redirecting hashtags and search results to our Community Guidelines to discourage such behavior." — TikTok Spokesperson

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It's becoming a problem and a significant distraction in high schools throughout the country. I'm talking about the risks of social media and the bad behavior exhibited by various TikTok challenges.

Back in September, New Britain High School and other schools across the country were inundated with waves of vandalism motivated by TikTok's Devious Licks Challenge.

The Hartford Courant reports that a group of New Britain High students has come forward with an idea about educating teens about how to navigate the risks of social media. The students invited CT Senator Richard Blumenthal to the forum along with state Attorney General William Tong.

The students expressed their concerns to the Senator while suggesting that even young children should learn about the dangers of Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, and more.

I even know some grownups in my circle of friends addicted to social media, specifically Facebook and TikTok. The only difference is my friends aren't going to pull paper towels racks off the wall or stop up a sink and flood a school bathroom.

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The ten students who came forward about the idea volunteered to start it up as an after-school activity. The Assistant Superintendent Mike Foran replied, "Find a group of students, find an advisor — there's money for after-school programs, as you know. So that's something you can do tomorrow, next week."

Although the students and the assistant superintendent have the right intention, I believe the students who might benefit from a course on social media risks would have absolutely no interest in this type of course. Remember, these are the students who are participating in these ridiculous activities.

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