July 21, 2018

Online menace like 'Blue Whale Challenge' is serious

12 August 2017, 03:52 | Devin Moran

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Fortunately, his classmates who were quick to intervene saved his life after they noticed that he was leaning over the third-floor railing of the school.

Amid rising concerns over adverse effect of the "Blue Whale Challenge" - another student has attempted to end his life by following instructions given in the online suicide game.

The incident is not the first case which was reported from India, earlier in July, a class IX student has committed suicide after jumping off the fifth floor of a building in Andheri, Mumbai.

Speaking to TOI, additional superintendent of police Rupesh Dwivedi asserted, "The online game is downloaded on his father's mobile phone which he often used to play with".

According to Sangeeta Poddar, Chameli Devi School principal the was later frighten for what he has done. It demands that both teachers and parents should closely monitor the behaviour of the children and engage with them every day if they detect any physical or emotional sign.

The Blue Whale Game is turning out to be quite a menace not just in Russia, France, UK and USA but India as well.

The police official said the boy looked "lost" and was silent when the police took him with them. Gamers are asked to complete and upload videos of a series of dares over 50 days, which includes carving a blue whale into one's arm. The online blue game has claimed the lives of around 150 people in Europe and Russian Federation so far. "We are looking into the matter and have instructed the school management to counsel the child and his parents", Dwivedi told this newspaper, adding, the boy was promised a sum of Rs 2 crore on successful completion of the game.

While the dares start off innocently enough such as watching horror movies or waking up at 4 AM, the tasks become significantly more sinister as the player is told to make cuts on his/her body and carve the figure of a blue whale on the skin.

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