Forget planking - now it's teapotting

Hot on the heels of planking, "teapotting" is the newest internet craze to take off across the country.

The Warrnambool Standard reports that social media experiment was started by two Mortlake College teachers this week and has caught Australia's attention, with references on Sunrise, Triple J and The Circle.

Teapotting is similar to the planking photo fad, but instead of lying face down in interesting places, the subject holds a teapot pose — in reference to the 'I'm a Little Teapot' children's song and dance.

Mortlake College psychology teachers Alison Coate and Olivia Campbell created the original Facebook page for the pose on Monday night, now with more than 2200 followers.

Ms Coate said the teachers brewed up the idea of starting an online phenomenon in the office before classes on Monday morning.

"We were mentioning how unbelievable the media attention has been (for planking)," she said.

"We were joking around that anything can become a 'craze' on Facebook these days, so why not start one by making a teapot stance?

"When we were kids everyone did the dance but we came up with the idea thinking that with something as stupid as planking there could be something fun like teapotting."

That evening she made the page with photos taken during the day of year 12 students posing around Mortlake College's new building.

She watched it grow to 100 fans before she went to bed and in 24 hours there were another 1400.

With all the attention since then, it was announced yesterday Mortlake College would host the Cancer Council's Big Morning Tea next Thursday.

While Sunrise presenters claimed yesterday morning their Mark Beretta came up with the craze, they also mentioned the Mortlake teachers and their Teapotting Facebook page.

Sunrise host David Koch told viewers in the segment: "Forget planking... Stay safe with your teapotting."

Ms Coate said unlike many planking fans, they encouraged safe and responsible teapotting and positive interaction on their page.

"This has been taken along by a lot of families, so it's not about doing it in stupid or dangerous places.

"The Facebook page is run by teachers so it's safe, it's fun and it's ethically and digitally responsible.

"Social media can be used responsibly in schools to learn the ethics of digital media.

"It's very interesting to see the way a good thing for some people can be turned into a bad or dirty thing.

"It's not planking that has 'killed' a man -- it was drunken stupidity.

"We stressed to students that there is nothing dangerous about teapotting, it's just a matter of having fun.

"It's little things that can bring joy and people together."

Meanwhile, the Warrnambool Planking Facebook page continues to grow, now with more than 700 followers.

Page founder Louise Richards said they had planned a "mass plank" with up to 100 people in one photo at the Lady Bay car park at 9pm on Friday.

Warrnambool Standard

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