Upcoming TikTok Trends Pose New Challenges for SouthCoast High School Principals
This morning on Michael and Maddie we were talking about the Facebook and Instagram outage, and the fact that many people didn't miss the social media platforms. We wondered aloud if things like Facebook have officially crossed over to creating more bad than good.Almost universally, our audience agreed.
Jessika Blair from New Bedford confessed, "My grandparents were the reason I found out (Facebook) was broken. I don’t really use Facebook anymore, it’s too political. I spend my time on TikTok."
Blair is not alone. TikTok has become the social media platform of choice for high school students. TikTok is where they are spending their time, and it is TikTok influencers that are setting the trends.
Unfortunately, some of those influencers don't exactly have the most responsible intentions. To put it lightly, the latest TikTok "challenges" involve taking part in some questionable behavior at school.
In September, the challenge was surrounding the idea of vandalizing your school's bathrooms. Here are the upcoming TikTok trends that SouthCoast schools are starting to prepare to take on:
- October: Smack a staff member
- November: Kiss your friend's girlfriend at school
- December: Deck the halls and show your…
- January: Jab a breast
- February: Mess up school signs
- March: Make a mess in the courtyard or cafeteria
- April: Grab some eggs
- May: Ditch Day
- June: Flip off in the front office
At Old Rochester Regional Principal Mike Devoll said that he is looking at ways to have their own challenge. "It would be great to take something negative from social media and turn it into a positive," he said. "We've got some student groups that are interested in doing that. We're interested in turning this on its head."
Devoll said that there are a number of schools across the SouthCoast that are trying to get ahead of these TikTok challenges and somehow use them to make their schools stronger.
He said he wasn't too concerned about drawing attention to the challenges because the school had already seen some of the misbehavior in September. Devoll said they really wanted to present the case that these challenges can be disruptive and harmful to the school.
"What could seem like funny online social media stuff could quickly become unlawful," he said.
He encouraged parents from all school districts to take a moment to talk with their kids about the serious consequences that could follow if they take part in many of these TikTok challenges. .
One teacher joked on Tik Tok, "I’m ready for the let’s turn in our work on time and not talk while I’m talking challenge."