TikTok challenges have gained traction in schools. The reason behind it is they offer a fun and engaging way for students to connect and express themselves. Participating in these challenges can foster camaraderie and provide a creative outlet. All participants should feel comfortable and respected and not pressured.
As of March 2023, the following TikTok challenges are trending in schools:
The Pen Tapping Challenge
It involves tapping pens or pencils on a surface to create a rhythmic tune. Students compete to make the most impressive beats and share their skills on TikTok.
Guess the Word Challenge
This challenge is a modern take on the classic game “Hangman.” One student writes a word while others try to guess it, one letter at a time. Incorrect guesses lead to humorous penalties filmed and shared on TikTok.
Silent Library Challenge
The Japanese game show inspired them. Students gather in the school library and perform tasks while trying to stay silent. These tasks often involve pranks or funny actions. Participants need to keep their laughter in check. The challenge is to capture these moments on video and share them on TikTok.
The Outfit Switch Challenge
The film and share the transformation on TikTok, often including fun music. Students partner up and switch outfits with each other in a short amount of time. The challenge usually occurs during a school break.
Speed Drawing Challenge
Students compete to draw a subject within a limited time, often with hilarious results. They film the drawings and share the final products on TikTok. They are usually accompanied by upbeat music.
Classroom Dance-Off Challenge
The dance-off challenge encourages friendly competition and showcases students’ creativity and talent. In this challenge, students show off their dance moves during breaks or free periods in class. They film themselves and their classmates dancing to popular songs and share them on TikTok.
In this game, one student wears headphones playing loud music while another whispers a phrase. The student wearing headphones must then try to guess the word by lip-reading. They film the challenge and share the often hilarious misinterpretations on TikTok.
Water Bottle Flip Challenge
A classic TikTok challenge, the water bottle flip. It involves students attempting to flip a semi-filled water bottle in the air to have it land upright. The challenge has remained popular due to its simplicity. Many enjoy the satisfaction of achieving the perfect flip.
Two Truths and a Lie Challenge
Students take turns sharing two factual statements and one false statement about themselves. Their peers must then guess which information is the lie. They record the interactions and share them on TikTok, where viewers can join in on thinking the lies.
The Chair Challenge
In this challenge, students take turns trying to lift a chair while standing against a wall. They place their heads touching the wall. They film their attempts and share them, often accompanied by humorous commentary. The aim is to find the most creative and efficient way to raise the chair without losing balance.
What are the dangers of TikTok challenges at school?
While TikTok challenges at school can be entertaining and foster camaraderie. We have to be aware of the potential dangers associated with these activities. Some of the risks include the following:
Disruption of learning
Participating in TikTok challenges during class can distract students from their studies. It can lead to decreased focus and academic performance. Teachers may also find it challenging to maintain control in the classroom.
Some students may feel pressured to take part in challenges to fit in with their peers. The pressure can lead to students engaging in activities uncomfortable activities. Some of these challenges may even be harmful.
Some TikTok challenges can involve inappropriate or offensive content. Some of these have explicit language, suggestive gestures, or even promoting harmful behavior. Participating in these challenges can lead to negative consequences for students. It could lead to disciplinary action from authorities or damage to their reputation.
TikTok challenges can sometimes result in cyberbullying. Students may be on the other end of mockery or ridicule of others who take part. It can lead to a hostile and antagonistic school environment. It can lead to impacting students’ mental health and well-being.
Some challenges can involve dangerous actions, putting students at risk of injury. For example, challenges that expect students to perform stunts. Some expect students to engage in harmful activities that could lead to injuries.
Sharing videos on TikTok exposes students to privacy risks. Students’ personal information and activities can become public. The exposure can lead to unwanted attention, cyberbullying, or online predators. Students must understand the importance of protecting their privacy. Teaching students to be cautious about what they share online is essential.
Misuse of school property
Some challenges may involve using school property. Students could feel pressured to vandalize classrooms or damage school equipment. The behavior can lead to disciplinary action and financial consequences for parents.
Some TikTok challenges may encourage disrespectful behavior towards teachers, staff, or fellow students. It can create a hostile environment and undermine the values of respect.
Addiction to social media
Engaging in TikTok challenges frequently can lead to an unhealthy addiction to social media. This addiction can interfere with students’ academic performance, social life, and general well-being.
Sometimes, TikTok challenges may involve illegal actions or violating school rules. Participating in these challenges can lead to suspension or expulsion from school.
To mitigate these dangers, schools should establish clear guidelines. They need to advocate appropriate behavior on social media. Teachers can educate students on the potential risks associated with these TikTok challenges.
Parents and guardians should also monitor their children’s online activities. It is essential to talk about responsible social media use. Schools, parents, and students can proactively ensure a safe and enjoyable learning environment.