An online suicide game has been wreaking havoc in certain parts of Russia over the last few weeks. Infamously referred to as the ‘Blue Whale’ challenge, the game has claimed the lives of a number of teenagers and is now spreading to other parts of Europe.
What Is the ‘Blue Whale’ Challenge?
The Blue Whale ‘suicide game’ is an online social media group that encourages players to kill themselves, via a series of challenges and games. It is said that a group administrator assigns daily tasks that one must complete for 50 days. Some of the tasks involve self mutilation, watching horror movies and waking up at unusual hours. Thee tasks get more extreme as days pass. On the 50th and final day, the admins instruct the players to commit suicide.
How Many Lives Has 'Blue Whale' Claimed?
Police in Russia are said to be probing at least 130 suicides which they fear are linked to the online game. Two schoolgirls, Yulia Konstantinova, 15, and Veronika Volkova, 16, recently fell to their deaths from the roof of an apartment block in industrial Ust-Ilimsk, Russia.
Most of the children who were reported dead were from well-to-do families.
One of the victims, Yulia, left a note saying “End” on her social media page after she posted a picture of a big blue whale.
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Should You Be Worried?
No reports of the malicious game have been reported in India yet, although there have been widespread reports of the game in Russia, United Kingdom and some parts of Spain.
The biggest fear is that since it is an online entity and spread over the internet, it can be accessed from anywhere. Parents must remain vigilant about their children’s online activities. It would also help if they talk to their children to help create awareness about malicious content online.