The latest social media trend for teens is known as the ‘Cutting Challenge’ and it has parents seriously concerned. Experts say that cutting is not new, and that it has been an issue in the past, but that normally it was a form of self mutilation as a means of dealing with emotional issues. However, this new trend is not something that’s being hidden, but rather promoted and shared across social media. Many teens are being pressured into cutting, and do so to feel like they belong, or to become popular.

As parents, it’s important to check in and know what your kids are doing online. kidshealth.org provides some expert advice saying, “If your teen is cutting, there ways to help. By coping with your own feelings, learning about cutting, finding professional help, and just being there to love and believe in your teen, you’ll provide the calm, steady support that he or she needs.”