Dozens of deaths can be attributed to energy drinks and most of those deaths are children and teenagers. That's a telling sign. A 30-year-old New Zealand woman died in 2010 from a sustained diet of more than two gallons of Coca Cola a day. She was able to handle two gallons of a caffeinated beverage for awhile before finally having a heart attack meanwhile a pre-teen can drink two or three Monster energy drinks and die just as easily. The key here is that caffeine is much more deadly to children than adults. These energy drinks are not intended for children at all.
In theory, no child should ever need an energy supplement. You're a CHILD! When I was a kid you know what my energy drink was? Candy. Whatever happened to that? Why are kids trying to get an energy buzz from liquids designed to help adults perform extreme sports like wind surfing and jumping out of space from a hot air balloon? A child's life should not necessitate energy drinks. What do they need that much energy for? If you need to hand in that 3rd grade book report tomorrow, you're only half way finished and five minutes to bed time, just go to sleep. Trust me, it's not worth it.
What is wrong with kids these days? Should energy drinks be illegal for kids? That might help, but really it's like cigarettes to adults. An adult with common sense would know not to smoke cigarettes even though they're right in front of you to purchase. Try some gum instead and live. If you're an 8-year-old and you need energy, eat a Kit Kat instead and live.
We need to educate our children enough so that they don't make stupid decisions. Forget educating them to make smart decisions, that ship has sailed. Let's just focus on getting them to avoid the deadly stupid decisions and call it a day. The most infamous drink is called "Monster". You can't expect good things to happen when you drink something named after a general group of creatures whose job it is to kill people. That is common sense kids need to figure out and fast before another victim is claimed.
Here's a special chart made by someone who probably knows what they're talking about to help you weigh the pros and cons of caffeinated beverages:
If you notice your child urinating more than normal that could be a warning sign that they're consuming too much caffeine. Make note of that and pay attention because it could be the one hint you get that they're on the fast track to death.