For anyone who lived through the Cold War it would be their worst fear. An emergency alert flashing onto their television screens, announcing: “This is an emergency broadcast from the BBC. Information of a possible nuclear strike against this country has been received. The threat level is critical meaning an attack is imminent.” However, for the TikTok generation, it’s no more than a harmless prank, played on unsuspecting parents whose reactions are filmed and posted on the social media app. Tracey Stebbing was watching television with her husband and son when the fake message interrupted her evening. “I thought it was the end of the world,” said the 57-year-old. Unbeknownst to Ms Stebbing, her son, Shaun Perrett, had used his phone to connect to their smart TV and broadcast a fake warning from YouTube onto the screen. He was also secretly filming her reaction.
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