Children and teens spend so much time on their gadgets and computers today, interacting with online friends and playing games. There are thousands of games that can be easily downloaded from the internet that it is hard to keep track and distinguish the good ones from the bad ones until you try it. And with little know-how regarding these games, parents often overlook their children’s choices.
However, the UK police issued a warning against an online game that allegedly ‘manipulates’ users into committing suicide. The game purportedly begins with teenager being given a series of tasks to complete by an anonymous “master” over a period of 50 days. The game has reached Russia, causing the deaths of two teens.
The player’s main objective is to finish tasks given by an ‘anonymous master’. While it is not known who is behind the disturbing commands, distributed through social media, teenagers have also been ordered to wake up at 4.20am to listen to specific songs and spend entire days watching horror movies.
“There’s no evidence to say anything untoward is going on with the blue whale challenge in our school, but we feel it’s best to keep parents and carers informed,” deputy head of the Hertfordshire Constabulary, David Wright said. “We [want to] make sure they can help us. We’ve all got a duty of care for our young people.”
While it is unclear why the game is called “Blue Whale”, the name is believed to refer to an act carried out by some blue whales who appear to beach themselves on purpose, causing their deaths.
According to the newspaper Novaya Gazeta, the deaths of Yulia Konstantinova (15) and her friend Veronika Volkova (16) are being investigated by state investigators in Krasnoyarsk, east of Moscow.
Konstantinova reportedly posted a picture of a blue whale before posting the word ‘End’ on her page on the social media network Vkontakte.
Volkova is said to have posted the worlds ‘sense is lost…End’.
Despite warnings by the police, many teenagers are still drawn to the game. Parents are warned to be more vigilant in supervising their children’s actions especially on social media.