A new challenge is going viral on TikTok and it involves playing a trick on your children. What is the New Teacher Challenge? And why has it caused controversy?

Heading into September, some parents on TikTok seemingly saw the month as the perfect opportunity to play a prank on their children.

Here’s the New Teacher TikTok Challenge explained.

What is the New Teacher Challenge on TikTok?

A new challenge is going viral on TikTok called the New Teacher Challenge.

It involves tricking your children into believing that you have their new teacher on FaceTime.

First, you have to get a picture of their supposed new teacher up on your phone.

Then, you call the child over, show them a photo of the new teacher on your phone and film their reaction.

The TikTok New Teacher Challenge is going viral

TikTok’s New Teacher Challenge is certainly one of the biggest trends of July.

The hashtag #NewTeacherChallenge has had 16 million views on TikTok, and people are talking about it on other social media platforms on too.

Some people are even taking to Twitter to reveal how hilarious they think the challenge is. One Twitter user said: “The new teacher challenge on TikTok is hilarious! the kids’ faces kill me.” Whilst another said: “The #NewTeacherChallenge on TikTok has me in TEARS. These parents are awful.”

However, others have said that the challenge is immoral due to the nature of using pictures of others without their consent and automatically judging them based on physical appearance.

Twitter reacts to the trend labeling it “dangerous”

Author and disability advocate, Lisa Velasquez, has called to end the ‘FaceTime prank’ trend.

Lisa was born with a rare genetic disorder called  marfanoid-progeroid-lipodystrophy syndrome, or MFLS. It means that she doesn’t gain weight at a proportionate rate to her growth in height, and it also affects her eyes, bones, brain and heart. 

Lisa has taken to TikTok to address the ‘FaceTime prank’ videos and advocate against such damaging content on the social media platform.

Lisa said that “For so long I thought that what defined me was my outer appearance,” she explained in a 2013 TED Talk. Lisa used to fantasize about “scrubbing the syndrome” off her face she said, this is why she advocates for people who have been through similar situations.

With the onset of social media, there is a larger playing field for people to feel victims of bullying. Therefore Lisa has gained a lot of support for speaking up about the damaging TikTok trend.

Lisa’s tweet addressed these issues and went viral, leaving many to plea that the challenge came to an end.

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