Things You Can Do

To Prevent the Choking Game:

Stop Kids from Playing the Choking Game

Research suggests that when one student is found to be playing the “Choking Game”, inevitably others are playing, as well. By keeping a watchful eye for the warning signs, parents and guardians can address this terrifying trend before it spreads. Share the list of common slang terms children use for the choking game with employees and parents.

What should you do if you discover children playing the “Choking Game” in your facility? Before programming begins, make it clear to the children there’s a zero-tolerance policy on participation, just as there is with drugs and alcohol. Set a strong example by strictly adhering to your policies, and explain to parents why their child has been removed from activities and how serious a problem the choking game is.

Look and Listen

Children are unlikely to discuss or play the Choking Game in public. Teachers and youth programmers will need to look and listen closely to children. Kids that play the game will often have bruises or ligature marks around their necks. You’ll also want to listen for any of the dozens of names kids use to discuss the choking game.

Discuss the Activity Openly with Kids and Parents

People are often hesitant to discuss illicit or dangerous activity with kids for fear of introducing them to something they previously didn’t know about. While some kids many not know about the choking game – studies suggest that more than 75% of kids are familiar with the activity – it is far better to provide them with accurate information about the dangers before they get false information from somebody on the playground.

Source: Culture of Safety