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30 days ago - Friday 10/20/17 - 12:46:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
A worrying 'game' called the 48-Hour Challenge is circulating on Facebook which encourages children to go missing for up to two days at a time.

The sick viral trend also says points are awarded for every social media mention while they're missing, meaning that frantic friends and family who post appeals to find them are welcomed.

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30 days ago - Friday 10/20/17 - 12:48:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
One County Derry mum told Belfast Live that her family
was left with "unspeakable" anxiety from the "sick" competition.

She said her child, along with others, left the County Down and County Antrim areas and were found 55 hours later in Ballymena.

“I was terrified they were dead or would be raped, trafficked or killed," she said. "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."
30 days ago - Friday 10/20/17 - 1:09:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
people make a game out of something like this? that's awful and terrible. there are a lot of terrible people out there, people with bad intentions.
30 days ago - Friday 10/20/17 - 1:30:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm skeptical that this is anywhere near a widespread thing. The only stories about it that I've seen have been from pretty sensational sites, and one local Fox affiliate (I'm sure it happened in that area, but it's not exactly evidence for it being a huge phenomenon).
30 days ago - Friday 10/20/17 - 1:54:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 10/20/17 - 1:30:29 PM birdsong4j wrote:
I'm skeptical that this is anywhere near a widespread thing. The only stories about it that I've seen have been from pretty sensational sites, and one local Fox affiliate (I'm sure it happened in that area, but it's not exactly evidence for it being a huge phenomenon).

yeah, this sounds like just another 'rainbow party' thing. just something made-up parents freak out about
30 days ago - Friday 10/20/17 - 3:28:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
What bugs me is the fact that the first 48 hours are usually crucial in missing children cases.

If it is not a true thing yet, now it might become one by talking about it.
30 days ago - Friday 10/20/17 - 3:37:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 10/20/17 - 3:28:54 PM Abzurd wrote:
If it is not a true thing yet, now it might become one by talking about it.


This is what worries me. I've seen it in local and national newspapers today and all over social media. If it didn't have traction before, it certainly will now.
30 days ago - Friday 10/20/17 - 3:38:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 10/20/17 - 3:28:54 PM Abzurd wrote:
What bugs me is the fact that the first 48 hours are usually crucial in missing children cases. If it is not a true thing yet, now it might become one by talking about it.


Well, and even if it doesn't become more of a widespread thing, parents could read this and be more skeptical when they see a missing child alert on social media. They might take the real cases less seriously.
30 days ago - Friday 10/20/17 - 4:00:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
Indeed. They might wait longer before reporting them. And like I said, the first 48 hours...



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