Parents Be Alert, Dangerous Game On The Rise Could Cost Kids Their Life
Kristin Danley 6/6/2017
Parents of children and teenagers beware. There's a dangerous new game on the rise known as the Blue Whale Challenge.
It's not only frightening, but it's deadly.
The online game encourages participants to immerse themselves in a 50-day challenge by engaging in dangerous behavior.
The game issues participants challenges that start off as seemingly harmless, like watching a horror movie, but then quickly escalates to more serious challenges that ultimately could cost a child, preteen or teen his or her life, such as dangling from a roof.
These challenges carried out over the course of three months lead up to the final challenge: to commit suicide.
One Connecticut school superintendent found out about it from the local police.
Abby Doliver, superintendent, is warning all parents to check their kids' phones for the app.
"What I learned about it, it's very dangerous, a kind of download for your iPhone which most students have, that once you're in it, really, it's hard to get out."
This warning to parents comes after another warning was issued recently pertaining to the possibility of a spike in suicide among youth based upon the controversial Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.
Psychologist Laura Saunders offered helpful tips for parents, suggesting they first and foremost speak with their children about the dangers of the online game. Then, observe your child and look for any changes in behavior.
Be sure to casually ask questions about friends. Also, monitor what they're watching on TV and online.
Overall, as parents it's important to be informed and stay involved.
Here is more about this deadly online game.
This online suicide game has roots in Russia and started in March. This is truly terrifying. Parents, be vigilant with your children.
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