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Blue Whale challenge -- what you need to know

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Blue Whale challenge what you need to know

Blue Whale Challenge is a threat to your child's well-being. It is disguised as an online game targeting children between 10-18 years of age – the game is formatted as a series of "dares". The more a child progressively engages with the game in order to move ahead in the game, the more the game manages to dig deep into a child's psyche and it has the potential to eventually lead the player to suicide. To say the game is dangerous for your child is an understatement!

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Varsha Pandey

| Sep 07, 2017

parents should spend more time with there children so that they don't feel lonely.

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Shalini Mishra

| Sep 06, 2017

Thanks you show the way that how player can save himself or herself. I was searching this. Thanks again.

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nitin

| Sep 06, 2017

Hi Radhika! This game has been banned by a few states already and also is being banned by the government , but the challenge with this game is that it is being shared online secretly. almost as if the curator of the game picks up their victim. That makes it almost non trackable and even more challenging for a parent to spot. precaution/open communication with your child/spotting early signs is the key to protect your child.

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Radhika Malhotra

| Sep 06, 2017

thanks for the information but I want to know why this game not banned

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Sonia Parshi

| Sep 06, 2017

thanku so much for all d information.... Worth knowing

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arijit82

| Sep 05, 2017

thanks a lot for the above info..

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Maheswary

| Sep 05, 2017

thank you very much this information I'll helps many parents how to handle there children.

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nitin

| Sep 05, 2017

Thanks Debashree and Shikha. Hope this is helpful for parents to protect their child from this deadly game.

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nitin

| Sep 05, 2017

Hey Carol! Thank You for your thoughts on this. The tips shared by you are extremely valuable for parents. Yes, it's true that children with low self esteem and emotional seclusion are more vulnerable to this deadly game. I also like the idea of having the option to post a query/concern anonymously in your child's school. Imagine if all schools could just co-opt a similar mechanism. Let's push for a similar mechanism across schools. It also puts a "we-care" perspective among schools for their students. The "blue whale challenge" is a real challenge for parents, which needs schools and parents to collaborate for the best interest of children.

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DEBASHREE BHATTACHARYA

| Sep 05, 2017

Excellent blog Nitin... !! very informative and thought provoking too.

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Carol

| Sep 05, 2017

Thanks for this blog at the right time,Nitin. Many people are not aware that this is not a downloadable game but a game that is initiated through social network / closed or Secret groups. I think it's not only the responsibility of the school to teach the pros and cons of Internet. Parents should also be talking to children about the effects of leaving digital footprints and how it's impossible to erase once it's left there. The data tells us that the children with low self esteem or those with emotional problems are more likely to get chosen by these groups. So children should be educated on what can be shared on social media, and If something that can't be seen by a parent is shared in social media, then it's most likely a wrong choice to share with unknown people too. They should also be aware of harmful effects of talking to strangers over internet. It's always better to give them examples from news to make them understand the depth of the issue. Some of my friends didn't want to talk to their children about this game as they were worried that it would create a curiosity in them to look for it. But I have a different perspective on this. I did discuss it with my son and read all the news together about this game to warn him how one can be forced to continue the game and to inform who to contact for help in such case of cyber bullying. In my son's school they have been having this system for many years now where there is drop box made available in hallways for children to drop off their concerns anonymously if they don't wish to have one on one conversation with counsellors. They can even write about a friend if they think that person needs help or if something is found suspicious. I think it's a great system for children who are introvert or who are scared of seeking help. I would suggest to request your child's school to have such similar system to enable the children toreport their concerns.

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Shikha Batra

| Sep 05, 2017

very Informative blog post with lot many valuable takeaways. eye-opening and useful Information for us parents. thanks for sharing Nitin!

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