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You may have seen a parents playing a seemingly innocent prank on their kids on social media over the past few weeks, but experts are warning it’s not as harmless as it seems.

You may have seen the cheeky prank all over Instagram reels and TikTok recently – parents crack a raw egg on their unsuspecting child’s forehead while they’re cooking in the kitchen. And the reactions from children range from total shock, to tears and sometimes laughter.

If you haven’t seen it, here’s a compilation:

@sprog.haven Don’t miss to watch till end ???????? #eggchallenge #eggonheadchallenge #eggprank #eggtok ♬ original sound – sprog haven

But some child experts say the prank is harmful to children, and parents are completely unaware of the damage they’re doing.

Paediatric occupational therapist Amanda Mathers says while she’s not aiming to shame parents who have participated in the prank, she does want to bring awareness to its impacts.

“I got super emotional watching all of the videos from this trend,” Amanda, who specialises in child development, explained in a social media video.

She says the trend is ‘hurting my soul’.

“Children are watching and learning from you as parents. Their little brains soak up everything at this young age. If you ever find yourself wondering, ‘Why does my child hit other people, why does my child hit and bite me?’. We need to watch our actions and our words.

“You are teaching them that hitting someone in the head hard with an object is acceptable and funny. And not only that, but the worst part is that most of you watched your child respond and cry in response to embarrassment and pain and you laughed in their face. Guys this is bullying. And they will grow up thinking this is acceptable behaviour. And either one become a bully themselves or two become a victim themselves because they don’t feel safe communicating this.

“Let’s raise our children with a little bit more empathy and respect and not use their embarrassment and pain as a way to entertain people on the internet.”

 

 

 

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  • After watching the therapist and hearing her point of view im 100% on her side

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  • Not something I’d ever consider doing to my child or another adult for that matter. Are these the kind of parents that are taking videos of their children falling over and laughing at them instead of dropping their phone and rushing to their aid? Anything for likes huh!

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  • Such a gross thing to do to a kid. Their reactions are so sad. I love the spin on it where parents do it on themselves and record the kids reaction to that silliness. Much more appropriate.

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  • Hate this prank, hurts my heart, so many kids end up bawling their little hearts out from it

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  • What is wrong with people? I 100% would not find this funny! It’s mean, wasteful and messy!

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  • Not something I would do with my kids.

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  • There’s nothing funny about this. If you think hurting a child like this is acceptable then you should think again. It’s just immature and yes she’ll grow up thinking this kind of stuff is okay to do to others.

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  • I would never do this to a child – seems very cruel.

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  • I was horrified when I heard of this. What is funny about this? What is the world coming to? All for the sake of a few likes or views??

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  • it is not even funny… I dont understand this type of humour!

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  • Its degrading and humiliating, totally wrong. How could you do that to your child just for likes. What’s wrong with these people. I worry about the future of this planet with people like this.

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  • Viral pranks never are

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  • Are you serious crack an egg on your child’s head?!?!? That’s absolutely ridiculous!!! This is an immature and selfish joke something you expect from silly teenagers not mature parents.

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  • The things we see on social media and the internet are awful, especially where animals and children are concerned.

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  • No way would I have ever thought that that was the way to behave with your child. Cooking lessons don’t call for breaking eggs on anything else other than a bowl!

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  • It’s disgusting that hurting your child is a form of amusement it hurts them grow up people please.

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  • I don’t think these videos are funny anyways. I can never understand why adults always have to show these kind of videos on social media, for a few likes?

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  • I am ashamed as a parent that they could do this to their children. If you think it’s harmless, how about doing it to another adult who was unaware and see what they do back to you. Don’t parents have better things to do with their kids than upset them?

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  • They aren’t that funny. Kind of slapstick humour, but the butt of the joke is a young child :(

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  • I don’t understand why people use their children to get likes on social media. I feel for the kids who get humiliated while the parents laugh. I don’t find this funny at all

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