Is it just me or has the volume of missing teens in the metro region gone up? We often hear news reports calling for assistance in locating missing adolescents but rarely hear about the outcome of the search. Sometimes we hear that the person has been located, but most of the time the public never hears about the resolution.
Over the last few months, I have noticed a spike in these type of cases for males and female. Kids missing for a couple of days at a time and it got me wondering if some teenagers in the metro region are picking up on a dangerous viral prank that urges kids to disappear for 72 hours (3 days). The more spectacular the fuss, the bigger the win.
Is this a case of reaping what we sow? Is this depths to which some kids will go to get their parents attention?
Police in major cities across the United States have been warning parents about the social media spawned "game" that has increased the workloads of busy investigators. It seems to have oroginated in Europe with the disappearance of some teens in England and France and has made its way across the Atlantic.
Social media has an incredible influence on our kids. Video shared on YouTube, Facebook and other mediums can influence what some see as normal or introduce fads.
The Neknomination drinking game, which coaxes kids to chug hard alcohol in front of a video camera, has resulted in several deaths in North America and abroad.
Just chat with your kids about these "games" and monitor what they are viewing. I think it is important to let them know the outcomes which include charges and possibly taking police resources away from cases where kids have been snatched.
As I tell my boys "Be careful when following the Masses, most often the M is silent"