Nowadays, online games have become a way of life. From the Candy Crush mania to the slavish obsession for Pokemon Go and the addiction with Angry Birds — there are many games that keep us hooked on our mobile phones.
Even games like Need for Speed and Vice City have since long been teenagers’ favorite online addiction. While there are a few disadvantages of playing games non-stop, it does help one beat the stress.
But, can you imagine a game that can take your life? Yes, you heard it right!
A new online gaming challenge called Blue Whale has reportedly been challenging kids to commit suicide at the final stage. No, we’re not kidding, it’s actually true.
What’s shocking is that it is believed to have led to the deaths of several 100 teenagers deaths in Russia- and experts are concerned that it could soon spread to the rest of the world.
Recently, a Silent House and Wake Me Up at 2:40 AM have caused terror in schools of Bengaluru, India now. It is being reported that the sick suicide games especially Blue Whale is being played by teenagers in Bengaluru, the city, which already has a high suicide rate in India. This has terrified the residential schools which host many foreign students.
The ‘Blue Whale challenge’ encourages vulnerable teenagers to take part in a series of disturbing tasks – watching horror movies, waking up at unusual hours and like cutting themselves – each day for 50 days.
One of the tasks involved teenagers cutting the shape of a whale on their body, using a sharp knife or razor.
And then on the final day, the manipulators behind the game reportedly instruct the youngsters to commit suicide.
So taking an action on this, British police have started posting online warnings alerting parents to the challenge. Devon and Cornwall Police PCSO Kirsty Down posted on Twitter:
“Whoever created this horrible game is sick! Parents: Please be aware of this ‘game’ talk to your children about it if concerned.”
Similar warnings have been issued elsewhere in Europe, including Belgium, where three cases were opened this week, and France.
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As per Indian Express, A Blue Whale can reach a young teenager on social media sites if they use certain hashtags and get involved in some groups. When the player signs up for the game, she or he is assigned an administrator who provides them with a daily task to complete for 50 days, of which they must send photographic proof of completion.
These tasks are initially simple enough, such as watching a horror movie or waking up at odd times but eventually they are told to inflict harm upon themselves. But on the 50th and final day, they are asked to kill themselves. Those who get cold feet are threatened that the administrator possesses all their information and would bring harm to them or their loved ones.
Talking about the same with Deccan Chronicle, a principal of a residential school near Electronic City said,
“Many of our students have access to Internet and gadgets for a few hours in the hostels as their parents live abroad. But since news of these games spread, we have become very alert and have banned our students from playing games on social media.”
General secretary of the Karnataka Associated Managements of English Medium Schools (KAMS), D Shashikumar said,
“All Internet games have been banned for students both on campus and in their homes as they are believed to make them violent and suicidal. We are expecting the government to do something about these games on social media. It should come out with guidelines.”
It’s great that schools are taking important steps against the rising popularity of the game, we hope the government puts the best foot forward soon.
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