Police urged people to make children aware about Internet safety and also protect them from dangerous activities like this online game.
The Noida police has advised parents to be vigilant and asked them to keep a track of their child’s social media accounts in the wake of multiple suicide cases that have appeared due to Blue Whale Challenge. Police urged people to make children aware about Internet safety and also protect them from dangerous activities like this online game. District-inspector of schools, PK Upadhyay was quoted by PTI as saying, “Parents should have access to their child’s computer and mobile phone to regularly track the sites being surfed by them.” He added that there is also a need to monitor children’s social media accounts on Whatsapp, Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter.
Upadhyay also suggested that in order to track the activities of the children, parents can even install spy software and keep an eye out on what their children are doing. “Parents should check their call logs, messages and search history. Spy software can also be installed on their devices to track their activity,” he said. He also urged them to restrict their ward’s online surfing to educational and other appropriate sites and recommended parents to pay attention to any change in the child’s behaviour. “The parents should spend more time with their children every day to provide guidance,” he added.
The Blue Whale game is a 50-day challenge which demands that players complete tasks given by an anonymous “handler”. The “handler” instructs the players to cause self-harm, leading up to suicide. In the game, the participant has to complete a task everyday. Participants are expected to share photos of the challenges/tasks completed by them.