Online games have become a way of life. From the Candy Crush mania to the slavish obsession for Pokemon Go and the infatuation with Angry Birds — there are many games that keep us, especially our children, hooked on our mobile phones. But, can you imagine a game that can take your life?The Blue Whale Game also “Blue Whale Challenge”, is a sinister online game, that is claimed to exist in several countries. The game allegedly consists of a series of tasks assigned to players by administrators during a 50-day period, with the final challenge, absurd as it may sound, requiring the player to commit suicide. The term “Blue Whale” comes from the phenomenon of beached whales, which is linked to suicide.
What Is The Blue Whale Game?
Blue Whale began in Russia in 2013 with “F57”, one of the names of the so-called “death group” of the VKontakte social network, and allegedly caused its first suicide in 2015. Philipp Budeikin, a former psychology student who was expelled from his university, claimed that he invented the game. Budeikin stated that his purpose was to “clean” the society by pushing to suicide those he deemed as having no value.
The administrator of the game lures the user to declare themselves Whales before indulging in self-harm and suicide.The game gives players a series of 50 quests, with the final task asking them 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. The game also asks players to document the completion of each task in the form of photographs. The players are supposed to send the evidence of their completion to the game’s administrator who then qualifies them to attempt the next task. For the final task, players are directed to jump off a terrace building and document the final act in the form of photos/video as well.
Blue Whale Takes A Mumbai Teenager’s Life
Blue Whale Challenge has spread across several countries and taken lives of hundreds of teenagers. A recent suicide by a Mumbai based teen Manpreet Sahans, whilst adhering to rules of the game has sent shock waves all across. According to investigations, Manpreet had been using the internet to search for ways to jump from the terrace. This search was done by him two days before he committed suicide. An insider informed that Sahans, while leaving school on Friday, had told his friends that he wouldn’t be coming to school on Monday.
Better Be Safe than Sorry!
Parents ought to be vigilant and keep an eye out on what their children are sharing on their social media accounts. Look out for signs. Experts say that the first sign of a child being addicted is a lack of interest in all things real. Attention deficit in everything apart from online and virtual things is the first clue. Unwilling to let go of their mobile phones, iPad or computers is the next clue. When children become irresponsive to human interaction, it is time to take corrective steps immediately. Children, according to psychiatrists, resort to living in the virtual world when they believe that the real world has nothing fun to offer. It becomes the responsibility of those around the children to keep them constructively occupied to ensure that they do not heavily depend on the virtual world.
Here’s hoping this deadly blue whale goes extinct sooner than soon!