“Slide Hide Ride” trend worries experts

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (FTN) – Experts have issued a warning to parents after a disturbing new trend has started popping up on the internet.

They say toddlers are experimenting with going down slides backwards on their stomach.

It’s called the “Slide Hide Ride” challenge.

“This can lead to erratic behavior.” One expert says. “When toddlers show this kind of careless disregard for their safety, everyone suffers.”

Not so one parent tells us.

“Heck…I encourage it. I’m considering putting vegetable oil on the slide to see how fast I can get him to go,” parent Ami Essex said.

Here’s how it works.

This child will get to the top of the slide, and then spin around onto their stomach, causing, causing the child to go down the slide facing the wrong way.

“It might look fun. But the child is only doing it to impress the people around them. One wrong move and the toddler is stuck,” the expert says.

Is this the beginning of a shocking trend or just a fluke? Time will tell.

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