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From Bath Salts to Salt and Ice Challenge, What Will Kids Do Next?

If you are scared that your kids are up to no good, you're probably right. Now that the Internet has its ubiquitous place in a majority of households, schools, and libraries, it is easier than ever for stupid kid dares to spread across the country.

Ponder this, the movie A Christmas Story showed the world the ever-present dare to stick your tongue to something metal when it's cold, but that required you to actually go to a movie theater or rent the movie (yes, now it is played ad nauseum at Christmastime, but we're talking about when it came out). Now, a kid can punch "dare" into Google or YouTube and have any number of insane things pop up.

Well, the newest one is the "salt and ice cube challenge." As you can tell if you watched the link, this is not just an American fad, but indeed worldwide. This challenge actually causes physical injury if you do it for a long period of time, according to the Boston Herald. Physical injury raises the issue of liability attaching to those creating the videos or those daring their friends.

The actual damage to the skin is similar to frostbite, and has led to scarring and second degree burns, according to WCVB-TV. Some of the challenges have also included kids doing this to one another, with a Pittsburgh boy having severe second degree burns after his friends held the ice to salt on his back.

In the case of the boy who had the ice held to his back, there may be a case for battery. Battery is the intentional offensive touching of one person by another without consent. However, this case would turn on whether the boy consented to the touching, in the same way a football player consents to being tackled in a game.

In the Pittsburgh boy's case, it is likely that he consented to the beginning of the dare, because that is how boys are. However, there could be some recovery because the boy could have withdrawn his consent during the dare, which would mean that the burns could have been caused after the boy told his friends to stop.

Battery is only one way that someone might recover for injuries caused by the salt and ice challenge. Come back later this week to see if there are other methods of recovery from indirect sources of injury.

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