Saturday, February 27, 2010

Choking Game Awareness Gear


Choking Game Awareness Gear - Order by March 1st and get a FREE Awareness Bracelet with each Tee and Hoodie 


~~See the Victims listed on
the back 

~~ Info & Order HERE: 

All proceeds are applied to promoting awareness and education. Thank you for your support!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Choking Game and YouTube: A Dangerous Combination

The Choking Game and YouTube: A Dangerous Combination

Martha Linkletter, MD Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada,
Kevin Gordon, MD, MS
Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Joe Dooley, MB
Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Purpose: To study postings of partial asphyxiation by adolescents on YouTube and to increase awareness of this dangerous activity as well as the value of YouTube as a research tool. Methods: Videos were searched on YouTube using many terms for recreational partial asphyxiation. Data were gathered on the participants and on the occurrence of hypoxic seizure. Results: Sixty-five videos of the asphyxiation game were identified. Most (90%) participants were male. A variety of techniques were used. Hypoxic seizures were witnessed in 55% of videos, but occurred in 88% of videos that employed the "sleeper hold" technique. The videos were collectively viewed 173550 times on YouTube. Conclusions: YouTube has enabled millions of young people to watch videos of the "choking game" and other dangerous activities. Seeing videos may normalize the behavior among adolescents. Increased awareness of this activity may prevent some youths from participating and potentially harming themselves or others.

Key Words: choking game • adolescent risk-taking • hypoxic seizure • self-strangulation • partial asphyxiation

This version was published on April 1, 2010

Clinical Pediatrics, Vol. 49, No. 3, 274-279 (2010)
DOI: 10.1177/0009922809339203

Monday, February 15, 2010

Choking Game Victims Speak out through their Parents!

 And here's what they had to say -

73% of fatalities occurred while there was an adult nearby.

79% are male

New for 2010! Choking Game Awareness Hoodies!

New Arrival By Popular Vote -
The Choking Game Awareness GRAY HOODIE!
Available in Youth and Adult sizes!  Note: The Hoodies run small.

Visit Choking for all the details and to Pre-order your Hoodie and Choking Game Awareness T shirts today! 

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Reminder: Parents of Choking Game Victim please Update Your Child's Registration

We are in the process of compiling Choking Game data for YE 2009 and need all victim REGISTRATION surveys completed in order to do so. **Note: This Registration form  is new as of November 2009.   The deadline is Feb 29th. for forms to be updated, please take minute and complete yours.

For parents of victims of The Choking Game, you will need to update a registration form if:

You registered your loved one prior to **November 2009 or
If you have not completed an initial registration or
If there are any changes (i.e. Death Certificate Amendments, Friends Knowledge, etc)

Please complete your registration as soon as possible so that we can maintain
accurate and complete data. You can also add a photo and short bio by using this form.

Link to the Survey:

Injury Victims Please Complete This Registration Survey:

Thank you for sharing your child, together we are making a difference and saving lives.

Kate Leonardi & The DB Foundation crew

The DB Foundation
"Raising awareness and education of the deadly teen Choking Game"

Choking Game Facts & Stats | Victim Database | Grief Support Forum
NEW! Quick Links to Report or Update a Choking Game Fatality or Injury

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

"Wear Your Awareness 2010" is officially underway!

"Wear Your Awareness 2010" is officially underway! 

This is our annual T-shirt awareness campaign. Get all the details to receive your Choking Game Awareness T-shirt and see the pics from last year, here:

We're currently taking pre-orders! Now available are White Shirts with Black lettering or White shirts with Black lettering.  

If you are on Facebook - Become our FAN and you can vote for this years new item - A Hoodie Sweatshirt or additional color Tee Shirt. 

Get your shirts early and be ready for the contests!

Victim's Parents please note: If you gave consent in 2009 for your child to be listed on the back of the shirts, they are automatically included in 2010. If your child is not listed, and you want them to be - we need your consent ASAP : please complete a Choking Game Victims Registration here:   Thank you to each of you for sharing your loved one in promoting awareness and education of the Choking Game.