Friends, these days, a Game named ” Blue Whale Game ” is spreading all over the world like a virus and this game tends to harm yourself starting from harming your hand to commit suicide. This game is mostly attracting teenagers psychologically and leads them to kill themselves.
Lets’ analyse this game and know :-
- what is Blue Whale Game?
- Why teenagers are attracting towards it?
- Suicide reports and side effects of this game
- What experts are saying about this game?
- How can children and teenagers avoid this game
What Exactly is Blue Whale Game?
The Blue Whale Game also known as Blue Whale Challenge, is an Internet game that is claimed to exist in several countries. The game allegedly consists of a series of tasks assigned to players by administrators during a 50-day period, with the final challenge requiring the player to commit suicide. The term “Blue Whale” comes from the phenomenon of beached whales, which is linked to suicide.
Blue Whale began in Russia in 2013 with “F57”, one of the names of the so-called “death group” of the VKontakte social network,] and allegedly caused its first suicide in 2015. Philipp Budeikin, a former psychology student who was expelled from his university, claimed that he invented the game. Budeikin stated that his purpose was to “clean” the society by pushing to suicide those he deemed as having no value.
In Russia in 2016, Blue Whale came into broader use among teenagers after a journalist brought attention to it through an article that linked many unrelated suicide victims to the Blue Whale, creating a wave of moral panic in Russia. Later, Budeikin was arrested and pled guilty to “inciting at least 16 teenage girls to commit suicide”, leading to Russian suicide prevention legislation and renewed world-wide concern over the Blue Whale phenomenon. It has also been linked to other rising self-harm trends, such as “human embroidery” in China.
Why Teenagers are Attracting towards Blue Whale Game ?
What’s the side effect of Playing with Blue Whale Game ?
According to a report in The Sun on July 31, the game has been linked to the deaths of around 130 teenagers across Russia alone. Let’s See all reports of suicide cases from different countries.
Russia Suicide Cases from Blue Whale Game:-
Police are said to be probing a number of suicides across Russia which they fear are linked to the online craze.
But as of yet the Blue Whale game has not been proven to be directly responsible for any deaths.
Investigative newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported: “We have counted 130 suicides of children that took place between November 2015 to April 2016.
“Almost all these children were members of the same internet groups and lived in good, happy families.”
Two schoolgirls Yulia Konstantinova, 15, and Veronika Volkova, 16, fell to their deaths from the roof of a 14-storey apartment block.
Another unnamed 15-year-old girl was also critically injured after falling on to snowy ground from a fifth floor flat in the city of Krasnoyarsk, also Siberia. Two days earlier, a 14-year-old girl from Chita was reported to have thrown herself under a commuter train.
A 13-year-old boy was also saved from killing himself after he was spotted perching on the edge of a roof in Lviv, Ukraine.
Yulia left a note saying “End” on her social media page after she posted a picture of a big blue whale.
A family raced to stop a 15-year-old girl from killing herself, with the young girl reportedly now recovering in a hospital in Barcelona.
The Russian parliament proposed a bill bringing about criminal responsibility for the creation of pro-suicide groups on social media. This will need to be signed by President Vladimir Putin and would see those who incited others to commit suicide jailed for up to four years.
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United State Suicide Cases Due to Blue Whale Game:-
Family members have linked at least two suicides in the United States to Blue Whale. A 15-year-old boy in San Antonio named Isaiah Gonzalez took his life on July 8, and his parents have publicly blamed the phenomenon. His funeral took place last Thursday. “This is a warning to you and your loved ones,” one of his parents posted on Facebook. “If you have not heard of what the ‘Blue [Whale] Challenge’ is, please look it up and teach your kids about it.”
Blue Whale is widely reported to have started in Russia in 2013, though the first suicide apparently did not happen until two years later. In social networks such as Russia’s VKontakte, participants receive 50 instructions from “administrators,” the last of which is to die by suicide, according to those reports. In May 2016, Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta said it had found at least 130 cases tied to the phenomenon between November 2015 and April 2016, though the fact-checking website Snopes has said that claim has not been proved.
For Kids:- How to avoid Blue Whale Game ?
FOR KIDS: How to say no
It can sometimes be hard to stand up to your friends, so Childline offers the following tips on how to say no:
1) Say it with confidence:
Be assertive. It’s your choice and you don’t have to do something which makes you feel unsafe or uncomfortable.
2) Try not to judge them:
By respecting their choices, they should respect yours.
3) Spend time with friends who can say ‘no’:
It takes confidence and courage to say no to your friends. Spend time with other friends who also aren’t taking part.
4) Suggest something else to do:
If you don’t feel comfortable doing what your friends are doing, suggest something else to do.
Any child worried about peer pressure or online worries can contact Childline on 0800 1111.
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What Experts Said About Blue Whale Game ?
Despite demands for a ban on a game that is believed to have pushed a 14-year-old Mumbai boy to suicide, it may not be possible to bar the Blue Whale Challenge, an Internet expert said. The ban issue was recently raised in the Maharashtra assembly and in the Rajya Sabha by members who called for provisions to remove such games from websites.
But the Challenge is not a game that can be downloaded on a phone or a website and therefore banned, Udbhav Tiwari from Centre of Internet and Society here said. “Since there is no application or one specific website for the challenge, it can’t really be banned — not unless you completely ban the internet,” Tiwari told PTI.
Efforts by PTI to locate the game — on Play Store and a series of websites — yielded no results. The challenge can only be undertaken when its creators get in touch with would-be users. All downloads for Blue Whale led to children’s games that require an animated whale to cross various barriers.
Another Blue Whale challenge game, the link for which was provided to PTI by a cyber security expert, turned out to be a positive alternative for the notorious challenge, with players being asked to take part in motivational tasks such as doing push ups. The game ends with a message telling players that their life is precious.
But the deadly Blue Whale is a 50-day-challenge, which is believed to have originated in Russia and claimed over 130 lives across Russia and the Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, where it is said to be trending. Mumbai boy Manpreet Sahani, who allegedly jumped from the terrace of his seven-storey building on July 30, could be the challenge’s first victim in India.
The game gives a task a day — each one potentially fatal — to the player for 50 days. The tasks range from “carve with a razor ‘f57’ on your hand”, and “wake up at 4.20 am and watch psychedelic and scary videos that the curator sends” in the initial days, to going to the “rail tracks at 4.20 am”, “not talking to anyone else”, and finally “jumping off a high building to take your own life” on the 50th day.
Driven by a series of hashtags connected with the game, the curators apparently spot their victims based on their posts on different online forums. “The administrators of the challenge use different online forums to reach out to their victims. It can be Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp or any other online forum,” Tiwari said.
For instance, a journalist from NB Bishkek news (Kyrgystan) writes in a personal account on the website about registering on Instagram as a teenage girl, and then making “a couple of naive posts, depressive photos” and specific tags. “After a day, they knocked on my face. – Are you in Game? – Yes,” the journalist writes on NB Bishkek news.
What would make a teenager seek out this challenge in the first place? Psychiatrist Sameer Malhotra explained that they were at an “impressionable” age, where “validation from the world around” seemed imperative to them. “For them, the external environment becomes a source of inspiration, which is why they are willing to do anything to prove/justify/live up to a certain image,” he said.
There was also an increase in risk taking behaviour during adolescence, Dr Malhotra from the Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences at Max Super Speciality Hospital here said. “People in such situations and with such vulnerable behavioural patterns often lose control, resulting in self harm,” he said.
Those participants who might have expressed a desire to quit the “game” midway were apparently threatened. A February report by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, a US government-funded broadcasting organisation, said one of their correspondents who had signed up for the challenge as a 15-year old asked what would happen if she wanted to get out.
The curator replied, “I have all your information. They will come after you.” Tiwari advised parents to use online tools to regulate surfing to keep an eye on children’s Internet activities.
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What is Instagram doing to stop the Blue Whale game spreading?
Instagram has started showing users a warning when they search for pictures relating to Blue Whale.
When you search for the term on the network, a notification appears which reads: “Posts with words or tags you’re searching for often encourage behavior that can cause harm and even lead to death.
“If you’re going through something difficult, we’d like to help.”
But directly underneath the post it gives the option to “see posts anyway”.
There are several shocking pictures of self-harm and even jokes about the sick game once you click through.
Some include pools of blood on the floor, while others appear to show a whale carved onto an arm.
So friends, now we came to an end of this article. Please guys try not to play Blue Whale Game game, and if you saw anyone playing this game, don’t force stop them [ because if you try to stop them, hey don’t stop because they’re psychologically damaged ] , instead Go to police station and inform them so that they can take strict actions towards them. Guys, Build Best, Be Safe, Be Cool!
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