"The Choking Game" report by the CDC, January 15, 2010
Ask your 8th grader if they've ever heard of it.... Then ask them if they've ever tried it. Over 30% of Oregon 8th graders knew someone who had "played" this game.
When I was in 8th grade it was trying cigarettes, or having a sip of beer, now it's strangulation games to experience euphoria. Research indicates that children in rural areas are more likely to engage in this activity than urban youth, and that substance use may play a role.
As if we didn't have enough to think about as parents, having recently dealt with my own daughter and Facebook and cell phone house rules. Ugh, so much to consider. Will this new data prompt you to talk to your kids about these dangerous games?