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Parents outraged by viral trend involving young children

Some social media users are joining the trend of hitting their children in the face with eggs for online entertainment

A TikTok challenge is taking the social media app by storm, but at the same time causing outrage among parents.

The viral trend, which many are tagging with #EggPrank, sees parents cooking with their children in the kitchen before taking a raw egg and telling the child they are going to crack it.

But instead of cracking the egg and dropping it into a bowl or pan, parents crack the shell by smashing it in their child's face.

Many children react with confusion, while some others burst into tears.

In some filmed cases, the child runs away from its parents, while others fight back with another egg.

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Related: Mom Influencer Responds to TikTok's Egg Crack Challenge: “Are We Bored as Parents?”

Earlier this month, a TikTok influencer named Sarah explained why she disagrees with the app's viral challenge.

“I've been tagged in some of these videos and I've seen two different outcomes. Either the kid gets the egg on the head and is kind of confused, irritated, and thinks it's a little weird. Then they move on. Or they get the egg on the head and are really upset about it and freak out,” she explained in one video.



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Sarah, whose site is dedicated to “exploring generational conflict and denouncing child exploitation on social media,” continued: “When I see these videos, I think: Are we as parents really so bored and desperate for content?”

“[Are we] do we need to post on the internet so badly because it's so draining to be part of our world? And the dopamine rush and likes and views that now in 2023 make us want to smash eggs on our kids' heads in the hopes they'll have an entertaining reaction that we can post publicly online to entertain strangers?” she added.

“What are we doing? Why are we doing this?” Sarah concluded. The video has now received thousands of likes.

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