Blue Whale Game – Parents Body Plans Awareness Drive – You Can Start it From Your Home

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With the deaths of several teenagers across the country suspected to be linked to the Blue Whale Suicide challenge, parents across the country are now planning to organise mass awareness campaigns, actually it is not required if you start it from your home.

The 16-year-old Jodhpur girl, who was on Monday rescued after she jumped into Kaylana Lake here to complete the last task of the Blue Whale challenge reportedly made another attempt to claim her life by swallowing sleeping pills on Wednesday.
It is said that the girl feared that if she did not complete the last task her mother will be killed so she swallowed all kinds of pills, including sleeping spills, she found in the house.

According to doctors, the girl is suffering from severe depression and is completely stuck in the Blue Whale game.

Her treating doctor, Dr KR Dashiki said the girl was also counselled regarding the effect of the Blue Whale game on her mind. “A psychiatrist will be called to give her proper counselling. She accepted her mistake and said that she now regrets what she did and advised children to stay away from this deadly game,” Dr Daukia said.

On Monday night, the girl, daughter of retired havaldar from BSF Mandor, attempted to commit suicide by jumping into the Kaylana lake but was fortunately saved by boat driver Om Prakash. Even at that time she was pleading to be allowed to die as she feared that her mother will be killed.
So What Exactly is Blue Whale Game?

The Blue Whale Challenge, as it is called on social media, has already been flagged by companies and many international governments, but this has now spread to India too.

However, the Blue Whale Challenge is neither new, nor the first. In fact, it has been known by other names. Reports say the game originated on Vkontakte, a Russian social media website, which is also amongst the largest in the world. Users seek out communities called “death groups” or “suicide groups”, where they enter the challenge. The only way to win the challenge is by dying.

If you’re watching your child’s online activities, look out for keywords like “F57” or “F58”, “Quiet House”, “The Silent House”, “Wake me up at 4:20 am”, The Sea of Whales and of course, Blue Whale Challenge. All of these could appear in hashtagged form as well. All of these seem to refer to various tasks within the game. For instance, players near the end of the 50-day term, users are directed to wake up at 4:20 am every day and perform certain activities. The goal, presumably is to deprive them of sleep, and hence deter proper brain activity.

While the game began in Russia, the Blue Whale Challenge is well within the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram networks now, although the “death groups” haven’t been spotted on these platforms yet. While Twitter searches are currently flooded by news reports and retweets, both Facebook and Instagram do show horrific photos of those who took the challenge. Also, both these social networks warn you against suicide, trying to redirect you towards suicide helplines.
What is the Blue Whale Challenge?

To join, users have to put out a status message on Vkontakte, with certain appropriate hashtags. These hashtags are seemingly monitored by the administrators of the challenge. We have intentionally withheld screenshots and details about the hashtags that are used to find the game. Eventually, an administrator will get in touch with you. This administrator warns the player that the only way to win the challenge is by dying. If the player prevails, the game begins and the administrator will give you tasks regularly.

Another theory on how to play the game is to join these “death groups”, where users are put in touch with an administrator, who proceeds to give them various tasks, designed to lead to depression and include self mutilation. According to a Reddit user, who apparently played the game, the game’s administrator(s) does not let players leave the game once they’ve entered, threatening their friends and family if they do so. Players are also required to submit photographic evidence of having completed the tasks they’re given.

The most common amongst these tasks seems to be to carve out a Blue Whale on one’s skin, using a razor or blade. The Reddit user mentioned above says he tried to leave the game, but was introduced to horrors he didn’t imagine were possible. Needless to say, if you plan to enter the game just to see what it is…DON’T. The games tasks seem like they’re designed to confuse the mind and lead to depression. Many of the victims left a sombre message before they died. The Mumbai victim posted a photo with the message, “Soon the only thing you would be left with is a picture of me.”

The perpetrator of the game, Philip Budeikin, had been jailed last month, but the challenge seems well underway still. A Vkontakte search for Russian hashtags relating to the game still show selfies posted by teenagers, with mentions of the game. There are also strange audio files attached to some images, although the groups themselves are quite difficult to find.

The haunting internet game requires teens to complete 50 increasingly terrifying challenges over the course of 50 days, culminating in the request that the player commit suicide. Beverly Hills psychiatrist Carole Lieberman, M.D., spoke about why teens are participating in this horrifying game and how parents can put a stop to it.
So What is Your Role as a Parent it?

“These days teens are feeling more lost than ever,” Dr. Lieberman, said. “They face personal crises — from bullies in school and they face societal crises — from terrorism to financial unrest.” Dr. Lieberman explained why teens who are going unnoticed while dealing with adolescence are drawn to this kind of game. “When kids don’t get enough love and attention from their parents, they are vulnerable to anyone who shows an interest in them, even if it is a twisted interest in trying to get them to commit suicide. Girls whose fathers are not in the home are especially vulnerable to a guy over the internet who contacts them daily, even if this guy is telling them to do awful things to themselves and threatening them to force them to go along.”

Dr. Lieberman explained that, “by the time the teen gets to the last of the 50 tasks, which is to commit suicide, they have been brainwashed into believing that they want to kill themselves, or that they should kill themselves because there’s a better life waiting for them on the other side, or told they will be tracked down and meet a more horrible fate if they don’t commit suicide.”

The psychiatrist said that the minds behind the game are using specific psychological techniques to make their players as vulnerable as possible. “The administrators use sophisticated psychological strategies to get control over these teens’ minds,” she said.

“First, they choose their victims on the internet from social media groups, selecting the most vulnerable teens and creating a sense that those who are chosen are special. Then they keep them hooked for 50 days before giving them the task of committing suicide.

During this time, the administrator demands proof of loyalty, such as by making them cut symbols into their body and showing the administrator a picture or video of it. They make the teens wake up at 4:20 in the morning for days on end to make them increasingly tired and unable to make rational decisions. They make them watch horror movies, scenes of destruction, and other teens committing suicide, making it seem like the world is going to hell.”

Dr. Lieberman warned that, “teens who feel lost, lonely, depressed, and hopeless about their life ever getting better would be vulnerable to participating.” There are multiple signs to look out for if you believe a teen may be playing the game including, “cuts or symbolic designs on their body,” “waking up for days at 4:20 am (or some similar early time),” “increasing isolation and secrecy,” and “a zombie or trance-like state.”

“The best way to prevent Blue Whale and other dangerous temptations is to spend more time with your teens, even if they pretend that they don’t want you around,” Dr. Lieberman said, encouraging parents to get involved in their children’s lives. “The more time you spend with them, the less vulnerable they will be to the Blue Whale, drugs, sex and other dangers. Kids who would fall for Blue Whale, or simply commit self-harm, even if they have never heard of this game, feel as though their parents don’t care enough about them.”

She also advises parents to “keep close watch over what your teen does on the internet, including all their social media.” “Not only will you be able to catch the Blue Whale, you can catch other harmful things, like cyberbullying, sexting and so on. Provide lots of interesting opportunities for your teen — from theater to team sports — so that they don’t have time to spend on the internet, looking for trouble.”

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