Police warn parents of dangerous social media trend



Alberta RCMP are urging parents to be aware of their children’s online activity.
Recently, there have been allegations on social media about a “48-hour challenge,” which dares teens and children to disappear for 48 hours. They earn "points" based on the number of times they are mentioned during their disappearance.
Police say every report of a missing person is taken seriously and investigated with all available resources.
The Alberta RCMP have some safety tips for when kids are using the internet:
  • Set rules for what your kids can and can’t do online.
  • Teach your kids to check with you before downloading anything.
  • Set the expectation that you will monitor children’s use of devices.
  • Use parental controls.
  • Discuss what children are allowed to share online.
  • Keep open lines of communication.
  • Encourage kids to talk to you if something makes them feel uncomfortable.