Blue Whale game is a lethal online game in which players are provoked to do daring, self-destructive tasks for 50 days in which last and ‘winning’ step is to kill themselves.
This game came in limelight when a Russian journalist linked many unrelated suicide victims to the Blue Whale game in an article in 2016. Though its creator, Philipp Budeikin, has already been sentenced to the imprisonment but isn’t apologetic. He defended himself by saying that he made this game to clean society as people who are committing suicide are just a ‘biological waste.’
Can you just imagine his mental state? We don’t need any evidence to come to the conclusion that he is a clear case of psychological disorder. Can we afford to leave our children to face the consequences of his acts? Certainly ‘No’! Thus, before this virtual world affects our kids, we should open our own eyes.
How does Blue Whale Challenge Dare Game work?
Blue whale got its name from its feature activity that requires the player to draw a blue whale on a paper then carve it out onto their body. The game is so designed that it doesn’t allow its participants to leave the game. As a second task of the game, the player is asked to introduce oneself to the community or forum. They are asked to perform several depressing tasks in order to remain in the game.
Players are challenged to complete 50 tasks in 50 days and after completing each task they are asked to put a mark on their body which will ultimately take a shape of whale in the last. Initially, in blue whale dare, players do it with interest as initially, they seem simple daring tasks like watching a grisly movie or waking up at 4:30 am, slowly leading to brutal stages. It’s like giving small doses of drugs in beginning to make the player an addict.
In present lifestyle, we have an addiction of taking a pic of everything. Blue Whale game uses this addiction as a motivational source and asks players to share a pic as a proof of task completion.
Blue Whale Dare also keeps the condition to maintgain secrecy. Tasks should be done in a very secret way without disclosing to anyone except the Blue Whale game community.
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Blue Whale Dare in India
Death of class 9 student living in the Mumbai is the first case of India, not of the world. Several teenagers have died or killed themselves playing this game.
Indian parents are more concerned about ‘real world’ and often overlook ‘virtual world’ engagements of their wards. We can categorise them in two categories. First, who are not aware of the dynamics of the virtual world depend on their children to navigate the web, so they are helpless. Second, parents who are tech savvy but are very liberal with their kids. Whatever is the case, it’s the duty of parents to keep eye on activities of their kids without any excuse.
Parents may demand to ban such games but the ban on one ‘Blue Whale Dare’ is not the solution to the problem. The web world is full of such dangerous games. It’s all about vigilant parenting. It’s high time that we make lifestyle changes and become more aware of the surrounding world.
Kids of the current generation are spending most of their leisure time in a virtual world. Parents and teachers, both should join hands to motivate kids to play outdoor games. Outdoor games are generally played in groups which give an opportunity to express feelings in front of others while virtual world makes kids introvert and keep them in one self-made turtle shell. Parents (especially mothers) should be made aware of such dangerous games which hack the mind of players.
In India, psychological counseling is often looked upon negatively. But the fact is, psychological counseling is not only for ‘Idiots’ or ‘mad people,’ rather it plays an important role in parenting too. I suggest parents should also go for counseling session if they feel their children are not open to them. No one is perfect; a good counselor may help us to see things from another angle too.
Today it’s Blue Whale Dare that has challenged the world, tomorrow it would be something else. It’s high time we learn to tackle such things today itself before everything else runs out of hand tomorrow!