Blue Whale challenge: The deadly Blue Whale has claimed yet another life, this time the victim was a Pondicherry University student who committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree. According to news agency ANI, the preliminary investigation in the case has pointed towards the Blue Whale Game as the reason behind the student’s death. The lethal game is slowly and steadily increasing its hold among the children and teenagers in India. The Blue Whale challenge is now making the teachers and principals at educational institutions worried. Sanghamitra Ghosh, principal of The Mother’s International School was told about the “Blue Whale — a bad, dangerous online game” by a class 4th student after which she started to study the matter.
Soon, she sent an email to all the parents asking them to be ‘vigilant’ and look out for “various symptoms of a child who may be inclined towards participating in this online game.” While talking about the game, Ghosh said, “There is so much reporting about this game that I think it’s best to speak about it. Counsellors too have had a chat with children. I also asked the IT department to go online and see how accessible this game is,” as quoted by Indian Express.
Of lately many suicides committed by school and college students have pointed out the Blue Whale challenge, which is why many schools in the capital have sent out advisories to parents. Principal, Delhi Public School in Gurgaon, Aditi Misra in a mail to the parents has asked, “parents to talk to children about cyber safety.” She added, “Apart from teachers, we’ve also made senior students interact with juniors about the risks involved.”
Ashok Pandey, the principal of the Ahlcon International School has not sent out emails to the parents but the teachers of the school have talked about the lethal game and cyber safety to the students. Pandey was quoted saying, “Children are aware of it but a lot of it is gossip. Before it plays with their psyche, we must have an open conversation with them, so they know there is a safety net.”