Warning About Eraser Challenge Games That Has Kids Hurting Themselves

SHENANDOAH VALLEY, Va -- It's sweeping the internet and you can find videos of it on sites like YouTube.

It's called the Eraser Challenge.

Kids take a pencil and rub it back and forth on their skin mainly their arm. The kids say the alphabets while doing this. They come up with a word for each letter. When they're done, they compare their scars.

It's already prompted some schools here in the U.S. to warn parents about it and we've heard that it's happening here in the valley.

Anita Terry lives in Augusta County and has seen it happen before.

"I have a daughter who... she's told me some of her friends have tried it," Terry says, "children who do it then dare others to do it knowing just how painful it is. Why would you want to dare someone to do something that's going to hurt you that much. "

WHSV reporter Khiree Stewart showed a video of the game to Jerri Alexiou who is a Dermatologist and she says this game could lead to long-term scarring.

"To purposely harm your skin in a way that could leave a permanent or forever mark is upsetting absolutely," says Alexiou,"There's a localized skin infection that could occur." There are flesh eating bacteria that we've heard about-- it could be staph or strep, so that is indeed possible.

Anita thinks most kids learn from the game and she thinks it's a generational thing and has a solution to how this could be solved.

"The ones I talk to about it they say it's not something they wouldn't do again," Terry says, "know where your kids are and support them. Also, listen to them when they want to talk about what's going on."


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