Warning to parents as teenagers join in on FRIGHTENING new game on Facebook17th Oct 17 | Family
This is pretty scary
Parents are being warned about a dangerous new game which has popped up on Facebook where teenagers ‘disappear’.
According to Belfast Live, the ‘missing game’ is a 48 hour challenge where kids as young as 14 are encouraged to disappear without letting anyone know.
The new craze appears to be a copycat of Game Of 72 which took off in Europe a number of years ago.
This game saw children dare each other to vanish for three days. But the new incarnation of the incredibly dangerous game has one major difference.
Every mention the missing teenager gets on social media increases their score meaning worried family and friends posting about the missing person on Facebook only helps them in the game.
One mother from Co.Derry told Belfast Live of the horror she experienced when she discovered why her child had gone missing.
She said: “This is a competition and it’s sick. The anxiety it left our family in is unspeakable. My child and others left Co Down and Co Antrim and were found 55 hours later in Ballymena.”
“I was terrified they were dead or would be raped, trafficked or killed. But these kids just think it’s funny. There was not even a moment of remorse when my child was taken into police custody and when the police brought my child home, I could see posts of selfies from the police car.”
“I’ve been told my child and friends are in the lead in this competition because they managed to vanish for 55 hours before they were discovered.”
Terrifyingly, when police visited the school of the teenager, pupils assured them is was just a Facebook game and the missing students would return in 48 hours.
The worried mother is now warning others of the dangers of the game: “It was just terrifying and my child, who is 14, doesn’t seem to get it. They need a wake up call but I’m worried what that would be.”
“We got lucky this time. Another teenager may not be so lucky and I dread to think of the consequences that could bring about.”