Franklin Graham: Parents, be warned. There are people out there who are trying to twist and manipulate the minds of children and teens. The “Blue Whale Challenge” sounds innocent doesn’t it? Something that you might let your children or grandchildren play? In reality though, it’s a series of dark tasks called “challenges” young people are manipulated into performing that become progressively more evil. Watching horror videos, standing on the edge of a bridge or a roof, harming themselves, and ultimately—committing suicide. This report says that it has been linked to hundreds of teen suicides already. They use fear to try to push participants (called “whales”) into 50 challenges over 50 days. If they fail to complete a task, they and their family are threatened. Unbelievable isn’t it? Thankfully, the sadistic 22-year-old creator of the game was recently arrested and jailed. Parents, be involved. Make sure your children are protected from evil social media predators like this.
26-year-old creator says he started it to ‘cleanse society’ of ‘biodegradable waste’
What is the Blue Whale online suicide game?
The Blue Whale suicide game is believed to be an online social media group which is encouraging people to kill themselves.
There are hundreds of thousands of posts relating to the sick trend on Instagram.
It’s thought a group administrator assigns daily tasks to members, which they have to complete over 50 days.
The horrific tasks include self-harming, watching horror movies and waking up at unusual hours, but these gradually get more extreme.
On the 50th day, the controlling manipulators behind the game reportedly instruct the youngsters to commit suicide.
The NSPCC say children should remember not to follow the crowd and not feel pressured into doing anything that makes them feel unsafe.
A spokesperson said: “Children can find it difficult to stand up to peer pressure but they must know it’s perfectly okay to refuse to take part in crazes that make them feel unsafe or scared.
“Parents should talk with their children and emphasise that they can make their own choices and discuss ways of how to say no.
“Reassuring a child that they can still be accepted even if they don’t go along with the crowd will help stop them doing something that could hurt them or make them uncomfortable.”
What is Instagram doing to stop the game spreading?
Instagram has started showing users a warning when they search for pictures relating to Blue Whale.
When you search for the term on the network, a notification appears which reads: “Posts with words or tags you’re searching for often encourage behaviour that can cause harm and even lead to death.
“If you’re going through something difficult, we’d like to help.”
But directly underneath the post it gives the option to “see posts anyway”.
There are several shocking pictures of self-harm and even jokes about the sick game once you click through.
Some include pools of blood on the floor, while others appear to show a whale carved onto an arm.
Reported by: The Sun – A News UK Company