An Oklahoma boy died early Tuesday after attempting the popular “blackout challenge” on the social media app TikTok, a report said.
The child was found unconscious with a mark on the neck in an apartment complex in the city of Bethany on Monday night, police told from the womb.
The boy was admitted to the hospital, but died hours later. Police have not disclosed his age and name.
Based on conversations with the family, investigators determined that the boy died in an attempted social media game, which challenges participants to strangle themselves until they pass.
Experts have warned that the viral game can cause unconsciousness, brain damage and seizures.
The Bethany Police Department warned local parents to monitor their children’s use of social media.
“With the lockdown now more than ever, children are bored and want to pass their time,” Bethany Police said in a statement to the new outlet.
“Social media is a very influential part of a child’s life and should be strictly scrutinized by the parents,” the department said.