Blue Whale Challenge is spreading world wide on social media
Cops fear vulnerable youngsters are being swayed to take their own lives through sick social media accounts in the Blue Whale Challenge. The dangerous game has been linked to at least 130 teen deaths in Russia. Police in the US and UK now believe it has spread to their countries and have started warning parents about the challenge.
What is the Blue Whale online suicide game?
It appears to be an online social media group that encourages people to kill themselves. A group administrator assigns daily tasks to members that they complete over 50 days. It begins with challenges that include watching horror films, waking up at unusual hours, and slowly escalates to self-harming and self-mutilation. Photos have been spreading on Instagram of kids carving whales into their skin. On the 50th day, participants are then instructed participate in the final challenge, committing suicide.
What can Parents do?
Please remind your children to never feel pressured into doing something that makes them feel uncomfortable or unsafe. It’s difficult for teens to stand up to peer pressure, but parents should emphasize to their children that they should make their own choices. There are multiple ways for them to say no and walk away. If you see any activity related to Blue Whale report this to your local police.