The parents of a young Brisbane boy who choked himself to death while playing a game have warned families to be aware of the dangers.
The 13-year-old boy, whose name has been withheld at his parents’ request, died on December 30 while playing the so-called “good boys’ game” which is popular online, reports 9news.
The game calls for a person to withhold oxygen until they pass out.
Asphyxia games have been linked to dozens of deaths worldwide in the past decade, including the suffocation of a 12-year-old boy in England in June 2016.
Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Lee-Anne Perry confirmed the Brisbane boy’s death occurred while playing the game.
“The student’s parents wish this information to be made public to alert families to this danger,” Dr Perry said.
“The parents wish for others to be aware of this activity, particularly online influences that encourage young people to place themselves at risk.”
Federation of Parents and Friends Association of Catholic Schools in Queensland executive director Carmel Nash said parents needed to be aware of the online craze
“They are kids, they are not aware of the dangers and the consequences, and it really is the parents’ job to talk to kids about it and for schools to make sure they are making parents aware,” she told the Courier Mail.
So devastating! Please educate yourself and your children about the dangers of these ridiculous online crazes.
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