TikTok 'Put Your Shoes On' Challenge Sparks Debate Over Whether Trend Is Harmful To Children
While some people disapproved of the challenge, others thought it included harmless humor.
by Nick Fenley
July 18, 2022 at 5:01 pm
A current trend known as the “Put Your Shoes On” challenge has begun circulating online, and people are torn over how to view the subject matter.
The TikTok challenge involves a parent, guardian or caretaker going up to a young child while recording and basically instructing them to get ready to engage in a fight between another adult and child. So, it essentially consists of an adult going up to a child in their care, saying “let’s slide” and capturing the child’s reaction.
Check out some examples of this trend.
I been watching parents pranking their kids about going to fight on TikTok and I been laughing all day. But this one here have me in tears… because he have to go to Target okay and don’t have time for the foolery 😩🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/xTXQJlIFbF
— 𝗞𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗲𝘀𝗶 ⁰ᶠ ᵗʰᵉ ᵖʳᵉᵗᵗʸ ⁿᵉʳᵈˢ👓 (@imperious_jazz) July 10, 2022
I had to do the trend where you tell your kid put your shoes on cuz they gotta fight someone 😂 “I don’t want her to bleed” pic.twitter.com/yVdiLRT3Ci
— Sticcs ➐ (@CurtisK421) July 11, 2022
There’s a TikTok trend asking kids to help their parents fight. Though the reactions are hilarious, the lengths kids can go to defend their parents are noteworthy.
Here’s the top 10 so far:
1. He’s been waiting for this moment his whole life 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/GAJrBbPiD8
— Pulse Nigeria (@PulseNigeria247) July 11, 2022
While the videos are clearly nonserious and meant as a joke, people swiftly began conversing about whether or not it sets a negative example for the young, clueless children involved in the TikToks. While some condemned the challenge, others saw it as harmlessly humorous content.
The trend on TikTok where parents tell their kids to put their shoes on because they about to fight someone and if they kid jump in they need their kid to fight is funny I’m sorry 😂
— Mother Mysa (@Brieyonce) July 9, 2022
So nobody finds the trend on TikTok of parents asking their kids to fight with them strange??
— AuntieJosh🤶🏿💜 (@LILpathogen) July 10, 2022
that tiktok trend getting your kids to fight with you isn’t the move.
— 𝔟𝔯𝔦𝔤𝔦𝔱𝔱𝔢 🦋 (@_lareverie_) July 13, 2022
I tried the “put your shoes on ima go fight someone and I need you to fight they kid if they try to jump in” trend on my son and he responses “you got yourself in it, you get yourself out of it” I hope he keeps the same energy when he gets older 😂😂😂
— Anifa (@Anifaamuhindo) July 11, 2022
If your kid happily goes and puts their shoes on, you have failed as a parent.
— Mmmm Whataburger (@MmmmWhataburger) July 11, 2022
I ain’t realize the “child helping the parent fight” TikTok trend was that deep!
— Stayed Down, Came Up (@_country_accent) July 12, 2022
Idk if it’s the childhood trauma but this tiktok trend of parents tricking their kids to come fight someone with them is really not sitting good w me
— Bambi (@BambiSalt) July 12, 2022
This debate even made its way onto a recent episode of The Breakfast Club, where Charlamagne Tha God voiced his disdain for the challenge.
“I can’t even believe we’re entertaining this conversation. I don’t like it,” he said. “I don’t like people laughing at their kids’ pain. Traumatizing those kids for likes and reposts — I hate it. You got kids crying on the internet, scared to death because you wanna go viral. I think it’s wack. I don’t like it at all.”
On the other end of the spectrum, DJ Envy quipped that the trend was “kind of funny, though.” However, Angela Yee appeared to side more with Charlamagne’s point, adding that there were some aspects of the challenge she disliked as well.
“One thing that I thought was wack was there was one kid that was crying, like, ‘No.’ Then I saw people in the comments like, ‘I’m giving him up for adoption.’ I’m like, ‘C’mon.’ That would make you a bad parent,” she said.
What are your thoughts on this debate, and how do you feel about those who participated in the trend?