Technology has blurred the line between virtual and real life, especially among the youth who are hooked to cyber games. The disturbing challenge called The Blue Whale Challenge that appears to spur vulnerable teens to take their lives through gruesome social media accounts.
What is the Blue Whale online suicide game?
It’s thought a group administrator assigns daily tasks to members, which they have to complete over 50 days. The horrific tasks include self-harming, watching horror movies and waking up at unusual hours, but these gradually get more extreme. On the 50th day, the controlling manipulators behind the game reportedly instruct the youngsters to commit suicide.
These daily tasks start off easy — such as listening to certain genres of music, waking up at odd hours, watching a horror movie, among others, and then slowly escalate to carving out shapes on one’s skin, self-mutilation and eventually suicide.
While reports of suicides linked to the game have surfaced across the globe, authorities claim that the origin appears to be in Russia, which has reportedly seen about 130 related deaths and at least two arrests.
The officials are issuing warnings to parents urging them to be vigilant and to keep an eye out on what their children are sharing on their social media accounts.