Archie’s mum warns parents how easily they could find themselves in her shoes

Archie’s mum warns parents how easily they could find themselves in her shoes


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Archie Battersbee’s mum has told parents to use what happened to her son as an example to warn their children about online challenges.

Mum Holly Dance suspects her 12-year-old son ended up on life support because he took part in a ‘choking’ or ‘blackout’ challenge where kids are encouraged to cut off their oxygen until they pass out.

Now, she is urging parents to have a conversation with their children so other families do not have to go through the same torment as theirs.

Holly told LBC: ‘If you have to use Archie as the topic to address it, just please sit down with your children with regards to these online challenges.

‘Once you look into it, they’re so frightening.

‘[It’s] heart-breaking, because I think, if I’d known about these challenges I could have had that conversation with him even the day before.

‘And I know that I would have been really firm with that conversation, and we wouldn’t be here now.’

Archie and his mum Holly taking a selfie in the car.  Archie Battersbee's mum, from Southend, Essex, has warned parents about dangerous online challenges on social media including TikTok.

Archie’s mum said she wishes she could have had a conversation with her son about the online challenges before (Picture: PA)

Undated family handout photo of Archie Battersbee, whose parents have submitted an application to the European Court of Human Rights in a bid to postpone the withdrawal of his life support.  The family of a comatose boy has filed a legal action requesting permission to move their son from a London hospital to a hospice.  Archie Battersbee???s parents announced the move after the European Court of Human Rights late Wednesday, Aug.  3, 2022 rejected a request to intervene in the case following a series of rulings by UK courts that backed doctors who said further treatment was not in the 12-year-old???s best interests because he is brain dead.  (Holly Dance via AP)

Archie’s family believes he took part in a ‘blackout’ challenge and blocked his own oxygen (Picture: AP)

There are countless dangerous online challenges targeted at children or teenagers on social media.

E-Safety Training is a company which visits schools in Essex and the South East to educate kids, teachers and parents about the risks of taking part in these challenges.

It is run by two former police officers who worked in online and offline child exploitation.

One of them, John Staines, explained about several other challenges, including the ‘skull breaker’ – where ‘two people swipe out the legs of a friend who’s walking in the middle, so they fall on their head’.

He sad: ‘There have been deaths, brain damage, broken backs from that. All these challenges have a big dare attached, but they are catastrophic because they are life threatening.’

Archie’s family, from Southend, Essex, are currently in the middle of a legal bid to get him moved from the Royal London Hospital to hospice.

His parents say they should be allowed to choose where he spends ‘his last moments’ and have launched a new application to the High Court.

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