Police warn parents over dangerous TikTok 'Skullbreaker' craze
Police have warned parents and children over a dangerous Tiktok craze amid fears that it could lead to serious injury.
Known as the "skullbreaker challenge", authorities in Spain warned that participating in the challenge could cause "serious injuries to children".
The challenge involves two participants kicking a third jumping participant, knocking them off balance and typically forcing them to land on their head.
According to reporting by the Daily Mirror police in the Spanish city of Granada warned.
“This game is doing the rounds in some schools.
“We would like to warn our followers so they share this message with the aim of avoiding such dangerous practices, that can cause serious injuries to children."
Originated in Venezuela
The violent and viral craze is believed to have originated from Venezuela, where it earned the name Rompcráneos, translating literally as skullbreaker.
One video shows a child hitting their head on concrete as a result of the "challenge".
The child is believed to have attended Santo Tomas Aquino College in capital city Caracas, with the school tweeting a statement earlier this week.
They warned: “Recently a video showing some pupils from our school taking part in a game where they were supposedly endangering the safety of one of the boys, has gone viral on social media.
“The school insignia can clearly be seen in the video.
“That’s why the the pupils and their respective representatives were summonsed today to a meeting with school chiefs to initiate the corresponding procedures.”
The latest dangerous playground craze
The Skullbreaker Challenge is the latest playground craze to be causing concern among authorities.
Last month a doctor in Stockport, Lancashire warned against a trend in which youngsters use small magnetic balls to make it look like they have facial piercings, over fears that children may swallow the magnetic balls.
“I cannot emphasise enough how dangerous these can be if swallowed.
“You may wonder why a child would swallow these or you may think ‘my child wouldn’t swallow them’ but I plead with you not to take the risk.”
The doctor went on to warn that surgery could be required if a child were to swallow the metal object.