Another bizarre TikTok trend has been added to the list: Parents are cracking eggs on their children’s heads, leaving people on the internet raging over this weird, and potentially harmful, new video trend on the platform.
Videos of this “egg crack challenge” are now circulating on TikTok with millions of views from the platform users. This trend involves kids with their parents trying to cook some eggs. At first, it seems like the usual parent-kid bonding. After a couple of seconds, these mothers will start breaking shells on their kids’ foreheads without having second thoughts.
These children are seen either laughing or crying while their parents are making fun of them. Now, the internet is fuming as they consider this controversial prank a form of child abuse.
According to one of the critics named Sarah Adams, who goes by the username, @mom.uncharted, on TikTok, these parents are exploiting their children for likes and views.
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“Yes I’ve been tagged in a few of these videos and I’ve seen it go two ways. One, the kid gets the egg on the head and they’re kind of confused, thrown off, thinks it’s a little funny. Then they move on. Or, they get the egg cracked on the head and they’re really upset about it and they freak out”, she said.
“When I see those videos I think, ‘Are we that bored as parents and desperate for content’ [Are we] needing to post on the internet so bad because it is so consuming to be a part of our world?”, she added.
Adams then questioned this modern parenting style — or more like child abuse:
“The dopamine hit, and the likes and views, that we now in 2023 are cracking eggs on our children’s heads in hopes that they have an entertaining reaction that we can post publicly online to entertain strangers?”
Many agreed with Adams that these so-called parents are bullying their children for the sake of online content. This TikTok craze is quite similar to the “Meet Your Teacher” prank in which parents are using photos of people that appear to be scary to disturb their children.
Because of the way videos and challenges can go viral country to country, it’s just a matter of time before Filipinos hop on this trend–which we’re hoping will never happen.
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