Can I play the Blue Whale Challenge?

Latest fake news phenomenon 'Blue Whale' social media game

What is the Blue Whale Game?

The Blue Whale Challenge is an online game where contestants follow a social media account instructing them to complete 50 disruptive challenges. Challenges grow at their extremes; Start by watching a horror movie or listening to a specific song and progress to live streaming some form of self harm.

The Blue Whale Challenge made headlines after it was linked to the deaths of 130 teenagers in Russia. Various media reports suggested that the game began in Russia before it spread to Eastern Europe. Two masterminds behind the evil game have now been arrested.

According to US media reports, the Blue Whale Challenge was responsible for the deaths of two teenagers, including 15-year-old Isaiah Gonzalez, whose parents discussed the game after discovering that he had streamed his suicide live on his smartphone. However, many experts claim the game was a joke after failing to find a link between death and challenge.

Why did it cause controversy?

While the Blue Whale Challenge was initially a joke or was called "false news" by some, it is now becoming problematic. There is concern that some young people are misusing the fear of the challenge to encourage others to harm themselves, take various dares, and post the results online under the guise of the Blue Whale Challenge. Instagram has taken action and issued a warning to all users who search for the results of the challenge and forward them to the Samaritans.

The Blue Whale Game raises some important questions about the influence of the media and the power of the internet. Whether the Blue Whale Game is real or just kidding, there is now cause for concern.

What can you do to protect children?

Ask your child what they're doing online. It is important that you know what websites, apps, and social media platforms they are on

Check the privacy settings. Make sure they know how to make their profiles "private" so that they don't share personal information with strangers. For example, Facebook has a function for checking data protection

Make sure they know when and how to report and block malicious or inappropriate messages or posts

Use caution when giving out personal information such as your school, phone number, or anything else that identifies where you live. Don't consider using your full name on your profile

Use the t-shirt test if you want to share pictures online or send pictures or videos to friends: do you wear it on your t-shirt? If not, don't send it

Have regular conversations with your children about the risks they are facing and how to deal with them, such as: B. Cyberbullying and grooming, and make sure they feel able to speak to you if they notice any problems

If you are concerned about your child's emotional well-being or are concerned that your child may have encountered the Blue Whale Challenge, contact The Samaritans on 116 123