“When it comes to social media challenges, a lot of kids think that they’re just games,” says Dana. “Our son was bullied and dared by a bully at school to participate in 'the choking game.'”
Dana and her husband, Matt, say their 12-year-old son, Evan, died after attempting the choking game, which encourages children to strangle or suffocate themselves until they blackout. “This bully had explained to our son, step-by-step, how to do this challenge,” Dana says.

In the video above, the couple shares more of their story. And, hear how Dana says since Evan’s death in 2016, she has devoted her life to spreading awareness in the hopes of saving other children’s lives.
On Thursday’s episode of Dr. Phil, “Shedding Light on ‘The Blackout Challenge,’” hear from parents who say their 14-year-old son died from “The Blackout Challenge.” And, follow up with a past guest who lost one of her 13-year-old twin boys to the choking game in 2005. Check local listings to see where you can watch.

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