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Cases of Children Disappearing: Are They Part of the Social Media Prank Known as the 48-Hour Challenge?

There are several cases of children disappearing.

According to Yahoo! And Daily Mail, some cases of children missing are part of a social media prank. [Image Credit: Beyond the Horizon]
According to Yahoo! And Daily Mail, some cases of children missing are part of a social media prank. [Image Credit: Beyond the Horizon]

  • There are several cases of children disappearing.

  • To get help from other people, their family members and friends are seeking the help of people in Social Media.

  • However, those who are participating in the 48-hour challenge can earn points once their family members seek help from social media.

Teenagers and those in the early 20’s are known to be adventurous and would like to always be “in” when it comes to new trends, especially in the social media world.

But one of the worst and possibly the sickest social media trend is the “48-hour challenge” where teenagers pretend that they are gone missing for several days.

The 48-hour challenge is a popular game among groups of teens and young adults who earn a point when they were searched by their families. [Image Credit: Pixabay]
The 48-hour challenge is a popular game among groups of teens and young adults who earn a point when they were searched by their families. [Image Credit: Pixabay]

What is the Game All About?

The details about this game are very scarce. A teenager needs to vanish for a minimum of two days and leave his or her family and friends panicking. The points depend on the social media shares that he or she will get. There are certain points for Facebook updates, comments, likes, and shares, about their whereabouts.


After 48 hours, the teenager will reappear and look safe and sound.

If their names are mentioned in social media, they can earn a point. [Image Credit: Pixabay]
If their names are mentioned in social media, they can earn a point. [Image Credit: Pixabay]

Spin-Off From Another Game

According to Yahoo! and Daily Mail, this social media prank is a spinoff from the former “Game of 72” that went viral back in 2015. In this game, kids need to disappear for 72 hours.

For this new game, the participants can get a higher score for every time they were mentioned on social media. That means that these children will get rewarded if their worried parents, family members, and friends ask for help from everyone on social media to help find them.

A mother from Northern Ireland recently experienced her child participating in the 48-hour challenge. The said mother think that the competition is sick.

The anxiety it left our family in is unspeakable. … 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. 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.

There are a lot of cases of missing children around the world. [Image Credit: Seattle PI]
There are a lot of cases of missing children around the world. [Image Credit: Seattle PI]

Teenagers and young adults should be aware of the potential legal consequences of faking their appearances. Not only will they cause too much worry and anxiety for their family, they can also be charged with a misdemeanor and can possibly go to jail.

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Written by Kristina Suarez

Kristina is a freelance writer and author of "My Thrifty Thoughts." She loves random weekend trips, coffee, toys, and spas. Guided by her mantra "chill and travel," she enjoys unplanned escapades without compromising leisure and budget. Her free hours are spent reading books, watching dramas and movies, doing toy reviews or thinking about her next travel destination.

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