*Safeguarding Alert - Salt & Ice Challenge*

 

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We need to make staff and parents/carers aware that following the alert re `Blue Whale` there is another craze to be fully aware about. It is called the salt and ice challenge.

Parents have been warned over the resurgence of a social media craze that has seen children across the country burning themselves with salt and ice.

The so-called 'salt and ice challenge' involves youngsters placing salt and ice on their skin, causing a chemical reaction that reduces the temperature of the ice to as low as -17C (1.4F). 

Participants then see who can withstand the searing pain longest before sharing photos of the resulting burns, similar to frostbite, online. 

Some teenagers have reportedly been taken to hospital with third degree burns, and the NSPCC has now issued a warning over the craze, urging parents and teachers to remain vigilant. 

If you have any concerns please report using the usual channels or contact the school safeguarding team - 0113 2574115