Facing The Consequences Of YouTube Pain Challenges

The main thing people come to my
channel to see is pain challenges. I want to stand out from the crowd. It’s funny to watch your friends
fall on the floor or throw up. If people want to see it,
I don’t mind doing it. I’m going to delete my video
as soon as I get home. The thing that influences me
is other YouTubers, actually. I see them doing crazy stuff
and I want to step up the bar and do the next crazy thing. When I make a certain challenge,
some people will try and recreate it. I’ve got a scar here from
the 1,000-degree knife challenge, where they cut pears and stuff
and fruit. I decided to cut my arm. And I’ve still got the scar now. The challenge on the screen
is the pass-out challenge. Where you run round a field,
hold your nose, and then breathe as hard as you possibly can
to make yourself pass out. I’m putting Tabasco sauce on my arm and I’m going to snort it
up my nose. That is one of the most painful
things I’ve done. The pain lasted for about
half an hour as well. One of my biggest regrets is
drinking a whole bottle of vinegar. What you don’t see is
the aftermath of this, when my body was telling me,
“Get rid of this.” I didn’t research it properly
to find out the dangers of it and it can be really dangerous. I would say it was pretty difficult
to breathe right there. I tried to leave my nostrils
out of it, but it didn’t quite work. Yeah, I think there’s definitely
a pressure for people to get on board with certain trends
just to try and stay relevant. There’s a few channels, actually,
with the same name as mine. They try and imitate me
and do similar challenge videos. I kind of find it quite endearing,
quite cool that someone would watch my stuff and think,
“Oh, I want to recreate that.” Hi, Peter. Hello. How are you? Nice
to meet you. I’m good, thank you. How are you?
Nice to meet you. Yeah, OK. So, I’m Selina Booth
and this is my son, Jack. My son died three years ago
by playing the passing out game. It is basically a challenge
where you cut off your airways to get a natural high. And unfortunately for some, they can
take it too far like Jack did and can cause your death. When I walked in his room on
that Monday morning, I thought it was a mannequin in the bed,
you know, I didn’t think it was him. I were laughing. I was like, you know, “Why have you
got a mannequin here for?” you know? Just something he would do. When I realised that
it wasn’t this mannequin and I realised that it actually
was my son, you know, it hit hard, because I knew… This kid’s not going to leave me.
He’s my best friend, you know, we were everything together. Oh, he was always so happy. He just
smiled all the time. He was… God, I miss him so much. It’s quite a difficult day. I wasn’t
expecting this. I kind of, before… Before coming out I thought it would
be quite a light-hearted interview, but obviously this is taking it
a step further. Don’t worry. So… I want to keep it light-hearted,
because it’s like, you know, I’ve been watching you and
you are funny and you are silly, but sometimes, you know,
you go too far. I can’t, like, be sorry enough
for how it can progress, like, that quickly. Because, like you said,
at 14 we’re not developed, so we think it’s just harmless fun. But, you know,
watching your vinegar one, how many silly kids went out
and drank that? You know? And like you said earlier, nobody saw you for the last two
hours being sick in the sink. Why not? What you say does make sense and maybe I should have shown
the repercussions and shown what happened and
maybe if someone had posted online the actual dangers
of the pass-out game – “Listen, this is incredibly
dangerous and incredibly stupid, “do not do it,” maybe
things would have been different. My mum would always be worried. She was like, one day she might
come home to me, you know… Dead. Maybe dead,
done something really stupid, because I did do stupid things. As you’re an uploader and
everything, how would you, like, live with yourself if that was
one of your mates there? I don’t think I could do it to
myself, and I understand that it must be really hard
for you to come here today and talk to me about this
and I’m so grateful, because now I’m more aware of what
I’m posting on the internet. Before this, before meeting you,
I may not have thought about it in that respect. I may have thought it was just
a silly video I’m putting online. It’s quite a unique experience to
meet someone on the receiving end of the negativity that can come
out of what people post online. You were saying earlier you’ve
still got your YouTube account. Is this still on there,
and the rest of them? This YouTube account is still
active and this is still on there. However, this will be deleted
after hearing your story, because I find myself, I am disgusted at myself from what
this can happen to young children. Every YouTuber should definitely
nail down on trying to promote in their videos, preface
their videos by saying, “Kids, please do not try this.” If you do do another video… Yeah. ..would you be doing that? I would definitely put
a warning at the start now, knowing how much of an effect
it can have on a kid like Jack. Meeting you today has definitely
had an impact on me personally, and made me think I have a bigger
responsibility than I maybe realise, that I do have young,
impressionable people watching me. That’s what creators and people
on YouTube need to understand and take responsibility for. Would you take them off YouTube? Meeting you now, yeah. Oh… HE LAUGHS


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