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💬 THINK: The Sleepy Chicken Challenge
The FDA sends out a warning, but.... against what, exactly?
This week, the FDA warned against cooking chicken in the widespread cold medicine, NyQuil (yes, you read that correctly!) in response to what it framed as a viral TikTok challenge.
Eager to learn more, your intrepid Lead Detectives did some TikTok sleuthing but were unable to come up with more than a couple of examples of “sleepy chicken” videos. This Twitter thread from Abbie Richards may explain why. But it also underscores an essential truth for us: While we often encourage learners to be mindful of when online content triggers a negative emotion, such as fear or hate, the desire to belong and to be part of a viral, cultural moment (such as a meme or challenge, etc.,) can also be incredibly seductive and difficult to resist.
All of this makes us wonder…
How can we be more intentional about helping kids view the feeling of being swept up in a moment shared by thousands (maybe even millions) of other people as a signal to press pause to ask:
Who benefits if I feel this way?
What are they hoping I’ll do?
Will following these feelings cause me or others harm?