Dimers, Please create as much as awareness about this.
Creating this thread just to create as much as awareness about killer game Blue Whale, which had taken lives of more than 100 children till now……
Experts have said parents and schools can help stop the so-called Blue Whale challenge deaths by keeping a watch over teenagers and taking care of their mental health after police indicated the online suicide game could be the reason a 14-year-old Mumbai boy jumped to his death last week.
Police said the Class 9 student, who lived in Sher-e-Punjab area of Andheri (East), went to his building’s terrace at around 5pm on Saturday and committed suicide.
Blue Whale challenge, which targets teenagers and young children, calls on participants via social media to complete a dangerous self-harm challenge over a period of 50 days and allegedly encourages them to win the game by committing suicide. The tasks range from self-harming, watching scary movies to waking up at unusual hours, media reported.
According to reports, the dangerous game has killed more than 100 children in Russia and the United Kingdom.
“This is a clear cut example of not being able to differentiate between virtual and real world. When a video game character dies, he can be restored again but the teenagers or adolescents today tend to take these games and challenges too seriously and forget the difference between dying in the game and for real,” said Dr Sagar Mundada, a psychiatrist at KEM Hospital.
“Some of these millennials may talk maturely, behave adult like but their minds are still vulnerable and succumb to peer pressure,” said Dr Parul Tank
She also advised parents to keep abreast with the activities of their children.
Read: Mumbai Blue Whale suicide: Conduct psychological autopsy to check if boy took challenge, say doctors
“I am not saying act like a satellite mom or dad, hovering over every tweet, status or WhatsApp message that goes out. Surveillance is not a rocket science, check the web history, see what sites your child is visiting and talk about it rather than setting rules or taboos. Sometimes, it’s better to know their thoughts rather than telling them what they are supposed to do,” she added.
Experts also advised schools to help in strengthening the child mentally and educated against suicide.
“Adolescents are vulnerable and these psychological challenges provide them with an outlet and manipulate them to self-harm. It’s important that they become psychologically strong and since they spend the maximum amount of their time in schools, it’s easier for them to play an important role,” Dr Mundada added.
He said different activities such as plays, games and fun-filled days can be organised around mental health apart from making it a part of the curriculum.
“Moreover, the glorification of suicide needs to be stopped. Children shouldn’t think it as a style statement or proving a point because celebrities are doing it. They have to be fed in their brains that suicide is an act of weakness and vulnerability,” Dr Mundada added.
The Blue Whale challenge is said to be the brainchild of an arrested Russian national, who admitted to having psychologically manipulated teen girls to kill themselves.
The challenge is played primarily via the website VKontakte, a popular social network in Russia, and starts with asking the participant to draw a blue whale on paper. Participants are then asked to carve the whale onto their body, and given other tasks such as watching horror movies alone. The game demands players complete 50 tasks in 50 days, with the last one being to commit suicide.
It gets its name from a common belief that blue whales deliberately beach themselves in order to end their own lives.
Blue Whale made its debut in Russia almost four years ago (in 2013) and is believed to have killed more than 100 teens so far. Recently its creator was sentenced to three years of imprisonment for seeking out and instigating teenagers on the Internet to take the challenge, which ends up in the participant committing suicide. Reportedly, the game has challenges ranging from cutting one’s wrist to watching horror movies in the middle of the night. Reports suggest a lot of young minds succumbing to this sort of online manipulation.
Here is what parents and grown-ups could do to prevent their loved ones from being swallowed by the whale
» Don’t allow your teenage children to use your mobile phone
» If they own a mobile phone, keep an eye on their activities and check it regularly. » Be vigilant…
» Be vigilant if the child suffers from sleep deprivation. » Say no to habits such as listening to …
» Say no to habits such as listening to music in the early hours or watching TV late into the night…
» Look for signs of depression and aloofness…
» Seek professional help to skim phones if there is activity that could be suspect…