Dubbed “Egg crack challenge”, a new challenge Tik Tok very popular on the Chinese social network raises many criticisms on the objective of these stagings. Reaction from Johanna Rozenblum, clinical psychologist.
For the past few weeks, many videos have been circulating on the Tik Tok social network featuring mothers breaking an egg, by surprise, on the head of their child. Laughing, crying, surprise or even a questioning look… Children’s reactions are multiple. As for the comments under these videos, they are not lacking and these stagings are far from unanimous.
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Egg crack challenge: “It’s degrading and humiliating”
For Johanna Rozenblum, a clinical psychologist in Paris, this type of challenge raises questions about how a parent uses a child as an object. “We use him for fun or to distract on social networks… It’s simply degrading and humiliating” comments our expert. Indeed, the Egg crack challenge is not the only Tik Tok challenge to have fun with the youngest. On the same principle, the “cheese challenge” (in 2019) consisted in throwing a slice of cheese on the face of your child, or even your baby… “The child does not have to be the subject of this kind of Completely misplaced staging. Especially since it brings nothing, neither from a pedagogical point of view, nor from a behavioral point of view” adds the psychologist.
Challenge Tik Tok, between social media drift and quest for like
If these Tik Tok challenges make many Internet users laugh, others openly criticize them: “Offending your child just to entertain the gallery for 8 seconds, is it really worth it?” can we read in the comments under one of these videos of the Egg crack challenge. For Johanna Rozenblum, it is indeed a drift of spectacle and distraction, “not to mention the quest for like” specifies the clinical psychologist. “Unfortunately, children are collateral damage of these drifts ” laments our expert.
As a reminder, the average age of the first registration on a social network, in France, according to data from the National Commission for Computing and Liberties (CNIL) is 8 and a half years. Good news, last Thursday, June 29, the Senate definitively adopted the obligation for social networks to verify the age of their users and to request parental consent when they are under 15 years old. It remains to protect children from their parents who practice sharing “the fact that parents share (excessively) photos or videos of their children on social networks”, according to the parenting support association L ‘Blue child. Moreover, a bill on the subject is currently being debated in the National Assembly.