The Bug: The choking game is nothing to have fun with

Martha Inguanzo, The Bug Columnist

Parents need to be super careful with their children. There is this new activity going around; some children actually call it game.

Let me make something clear. It is not a game! Don’t listen to what your peers tell you.

It is extremely dangerous!

The choking game is a dangerous practice of tweens and teens in which they self-strangulate in order to achieve a brief high, according to tweenparenting.about.com.

The high is the result of oxygen rushing back to the brain after its cut off by the practice of strangulation.

Up to 1,000 children die yearly from playing this game.”

— Martha Inguanzo

The choking game has a lot of different names as well. Some of the more common names that it has are California High, Trip to Heaven, Cloud Nine, and Space Monkey, among others.

The choking game is very dangerous and can easily lead to accidental death.

According to greatschools.org, up to 1,000 children die yearly from playing this game.

There are many different ways of attempting it.

The choking game is usually for the ones that don’t smoke marijuana, but want to feel high.

In order to achieve this high, victims may use ropes, scarves, or other things to strangle themselves, either alone or as part of a group.

In order for the parents to notice if their child is playing or has been trying to attempt it they should look for these signs, according to tweenparenting.about.com.

-Marks or bruises on the neck

-Wearing clothing that covers the neck even in hot weather

-Bloodshot eyes

-Confusion or disorientation after being alone for a period of time

-Severe headaches

-Secretive behavior

-The presence of unusual items in their room or anywhere else in the household such as dog leashes, ropes, scarves, bungee cords, and belts

-Bleeding under the skin of the face and eyelids and the main one is

-The frequent need of privacy!!

If you suspect your child has engaged in this dangerous behavior, or if you hear that children at your child’s school have engaged in this practice, you need to take quick action.

Parents should talk to their children about the choking game, including death, coma, possible brain damage, broken bones, and hemorrhages of the eye.