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Girl, ten, accidentally kills herself by trying the TikTok Blackout Challenge

Girl, ten, accidentally kills herself trying the TikTok Blackout Challenge: Italian kid strangled herself with a belt for social media video

  • The 10-year-old girl was declared brain dead in a hospital in Palermo on Thursday
  • She went into cardiac arrest after trying the ‘Blackout Challenge’ on TikTok
  • Doctors said the patient was too far away, despite trying their best to save her

A 10-year-old Italian girl accidentally committed suicide after taking the ‘Blackout Challenge’ on TikTok, according to reports.

The child was declared brain dead by doctors in Palermo on Thursday after attempting the challenge by strangling herself.

Doctors said they did everything they could to save her, but she was too far away after arriving at the hospital in cardiac arrest.

A 10-year-old Italian girl accidentally committed suicide after taking the 'Blackout Challenge' on TikTok for social media attention, according to reports (stock photo)

A 10-year-old Italian girl accidentally committed suicide after taking the ‘Blackout Challenge’ on TikTok for social media attention, according to reports (stock photo)

According to the Italian news agency, the girl’s parents gave permission to donate her organs after the death of their child ANSA.

The ‘Blackout Challenge’, with a milder variation called the ‘Passout Challenge’, has been circulating on social media platforms including TikTok for the past year.

It is currently considered one of the most popular challenges on TikTok.

Also known as ‘the passing out’, ‘the game of choking’ or ‘fast dreaming’, the challenge requires users to pass out themselves for a few seconds.

Similar dangerous trends, such as the ‘Blue Whale Challenge’, have sparked police alerts after being linked to countless deaths around the world.

Blue Whale Challenge tasks can range from watching horror movies to waking up at odd hours, and ultimately to self-harm.

On the 50th day, the controlling manipulators behind the ‘game’ allegedly ordered the youth to commit suicide.

Experts have warned of the risks associated with these online challenges, including passing out, seizures, brain damage, and even death.

For confidential support, call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit a local Samaritan branch, see www.samaritans.org for details

How to report the Blackout Challenge on TikTok

If you see anyone promoting the Blackout Challenge on TikTok or other social media platforms, report it immediately.

To report the Blackout Challenge on TikTok:

Click the white arrow on the right side of the video.

Press the ‘report’ icon with a flag symbol.

Select ‘suicide, self-harm and dangerous acts’.

If someone contacts you and tells you to join the challenge, do not respond and report the account immediately.

If you’ve been directly affected by the Blackout Challenge and need someone to talk to, here are some resources to help you get mental health support.

Fear UK

Call: 03444775774

Visit: http://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/

Spirit

Call: 0300 123 3393

Visit: http://www.mind.org.uk/

Samaritans

Call: 116 123

Visit: http://www.samaritans.org/

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