Monday, April 12, 2010

Sue Scheff: Space Monkey - A Deadly Game Teens Play

Children are “strangling” themselves to get high and then sharing the videos on the Internet, campaign and advocacy groups have warned.

The Choking Game. Is not a game you want any teen or child to play. Parenting today can be a challenge, however if you are not kept inform on the games teens can play, you may not be able to educate and protect your children from the consequences.

It is true, many children need to learn from their mistakes, and learn how to pick themselves back up again, but when it comes to dangerous games that could potentially kill them, you need to talk to your teens about these dangers.

Space Monkey. Just another trendy name for what is also called, The Choking Game. Nicknamed “Space Monkey,” the practice involves squeezing the carotid arteries in the neck to restrict the flow of blood to the head. Releasing the pressure leads to a sudden rush of oxygen to the brain, giving a feeling of euphoria.

What is the Choking Game?

It’s not a game at all-just an act of suffocating on purpose.

Adolescents cut off the flow of blood to the brain, in exchange for a few seconds of feeling lightheaded. Some strangle themselves with a belt, a rope or their bare hands; others push on their chest or hyperventilate.

When they release the pressure, blood that was blocked up floods the brain all at once. This sets off a warm and fuzzy feeling, which is just the brain dying, thousands of cells at a time. – G.A.S.P.

In Florida The Dangerous Behaviors Foundation is a non-profit organization targeted at educating and bringing awareness to this deadly game and dangerous behaviors of teens. DB Foundation is community based and community driven to offer their own experiences, tragic losses, and knowledge firsthand. Sadly, learning the hard way about this heartbreaking game kids are playing and sharing it with others helps people heal from their own horrific experieces. Learn more at

Be an educated parent, you will have safer and healthier children.

Take the time to explore, read and learn at both The DB Foundation and Games Adolescents Shouldn’t Play (GASP).

Watch video and read more.