If you hear your child or any children referring to a game known as space monkey, you have reason to be concerned. Space monkey is a term used to describe how teens and tweens self-strangulate themselves in order to get high. The practice is also known as the choking game
. Children learn about the behavior at school and on the internet at websites such as youtube. In some cases the children strangle themselves using their hands, scarves or ropes. They may also take turns strangling themselves and others in a group setting. Signs that a child is practicing the choking game or space monkey include marks or bruises around the neck, confusion, blood-shot eyes, and secrecy.
Talk to your child about the dangers of space monkey and the choking game, including brain damage and death. Share details about how this practice can ruin their lives and destroy the lives of those they love and care about. If you suspect children in your area are engaging in space monkey, alert your local schools and after-school programs.