FOR PARENTS AND TEENS: Delete The Blue Whale Game
Teens: If you receive an email inviting you to play the Blue Whale Game, you may want to do yourself a favor and block the sender.
The Blue Whale Game, simply put, is not as noble as its namesake. Nowhere near. The Blue Whale Game is a perverted Internet version of Russian roulette.
A so-called suicide game that’s allegedly targeting teens in Russia may now be finding its way around the globe, specifically in the U. K. and Brazil, according to various reports.
Though it may be an urban legend, the Blue Whale has been reported by many outlets to be a social media game that has “curators” who target players between 10 and 14 years old, pushing them into doing a list of pained daily tasks such as waking up in the middle of the night, cutting shapes into their skin, and, ultimately, committing suicide.
WhatsApp messages have warned parents in the UAE about the "Blue Whale Challenge," and now the insidious game has made its way to the U.S.
Just when you thought the Slenderman case was the limit of Internet depravity, the blue Whale Challenge proves that the foulest parts of human nature will use the Internet for evil. Snopes.com advises, "Although certain game groups on social media have been accused of promoting suicide, they have not been found to have directly caused an uptick in young people taking their own lives."
A little caution against hysteria is sensible--but parents and teens may want to monitor emails more closely, and parents, teachers and peers are advised to watch for changes in behavior and talk about online activity.