Blue Whale Challenge: Here’s how teachers can help
There have been several reports of people being encouraged to commit suicide by following the Blue Whale challenge. Here is what a Unicef India report says:Updated: Aug 31, 2017 19:24 IST
There have been several reports of people being encouraged to commit suicide by following a list of challenges.
A 19-year-old college student who committed suicide in Madurai -- possibly the first suspected victim of the ‘Blue Whale’ challenge in Tamil Nadu -- wrote in a note: “Blue Whale is not a game but danger and once entered, you can never exit”.
Here is how teachers can help, according to aUnicef India report:
*Teachers need to keep an eye on falling grades and social behaviour of the students.
* They need to monitor the behaviour of each and every child.
* They should look for anti-social behaviour, they should personally talk to such children who don’t interact with the other children much or are aloof.
* If they observe something that may seem suspicious or alarming, they should inform the school authorities immediately.
* Teachers should also ensure that children do not use any gadgets during school hours.
* They should ensure that children are sensitized about the pros and cons of the internet from time to time.
In case this information doesn’t help, who can you contact?
* SNEHA INDIA, CHENNAI
* THE SAMARITANS MUMBAI
* CONNECTING INDIA, PUNE
* MAITHRI, KOCHI
* LIFELINE FOUNDATION
* ICALL, MUMBAI (+91 22 2556 3291, e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org)
* PRATHEEKSHA, KERALA (+91 484 2448830 E-mail email@example.com)
* PRATHYASA, IRINJALAKUDA (+91-480 – 2820091)
* THANAL, KERALA (0495 237 1100 E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org)
* MAITREYI, PONDICHERRY (+91-413-339999)
* ROSHNI, SECUNDERABAD (040 790 4646 E-mail – email@example.com)