Parents are cautioned to monitor their children’s use of social media and their internet usage after various reports have been doing the rounds on social media detailing children dying from participating in the suicide game called Blue Whale.
The game, invented by a 22-year-old Russian man, was linked by a Russian newspaper to more than a hundred deaths.
The 22-year-old confessed that he convinced about 16 young girls to end their lives saying that he thinks that his victims were just ‘biological waste’ and told police that they were ‘happy to die’ and that he was ‘cleansing society’.
The potentially deadly game
Once the app has been downloaded the player is assigned 50 dangerous and dark daily tasks which culminate in suicide on the last day.
The sickening tasks – that include self-harming, watching horror movies and sleep deprivation – brainwash players over the 50 days of the game. The challenges grow darker and more severe and on the last day the exhausted and confused player is encouraged to commit suicide.
The game ‘administrator’ also instructs players to self-mutilate by carving whales on their bodies and to then post pictures on social media.
Fifteen of the teens who killed themselves were ordered by the ‘administrator’ to delete all correspondence on their social media accounts.
What are parents to do?
Parents should always be vigilant in monitoring their children’s behaviour and online activities. If you suspect that your child might be suffering from depression, or in instances where they to show suicidal tendencies, rather get him/her professional help. The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) offer parents the necessary support and guidance in such instances.
To contact a counsellor between 8am and 8pm Monday to Sunday, call: 011 234 4837.
For an emergency call 0800 567 567.
24hr Helpline 0800 12 13 14
SMS 31393 (and they will call you back)