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Cops release advisory on Blue Whale challenge for parents: Here are some points

The Blue Whale game involves a series of destructive challenges such as inflicting injuries on oneself and standing on the edge of buildings. The challenge ends with the final task to commit suicide.

india Updated: Aug 29, 2017 09:39 IST
PTI, Chennai
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Teenagers and youngsters are vulnerable to the Blue Whale challenge, which asks its participants to complete 50 tasks. (Representative image)

Chennai police on Monday issued an advisory to parents to monitor their kids’ social media activity after multiple suicides were linked to the Blue Whale challenge, an online game involving a series of dangerous tasks.

In July, a teenager in Mumbai had committed suicide and it is suspected the boy was participating in the challenge.

Police said the internet game “instructs its participants, mostly teenagers, to carry out 50 dangerous tasks, the final challenge being committing suicide.”

The Blue Whale game involves a series of challenges such as waking up early in the morning, watching horror videos alone, inflicting injuries on oneself, climbing up building tops and last, suicide.

Here are some points listed in the advisory: 

• Teenagers and young adults in their formative years seek social validation, acceptance and aspire to be part of something bigger than them and this game “exploits this aspect,” it said.

• The advisory was being given in view of the propensity of the game to instigate suicide and self-inflicted injuries and to prevent children from becoming potential victims of this “harmful game,” it said.

• “Watch for abnormal activity in children, depressed and violent behaviour, long lonely online hours, late night surfing, avoiding company of family members, concealing online activity (and) spending more time on the internet,” it said.

• “Unusual injuries in the body could be a sign of concern as they may be involved in such games. Please monitor your child’s social media activity and ensure they are allowed to access them only when you are convinced that they are mature enough to handle them.”

• The police advisory also asked parents to spend more time with their wards and encourage them to participate in outdoor games.

First Published: Aug 29, 2017 09:39 IST