AN ADVISORY ISSUED IN PUBLIC INTEREST
This is an advisory for the parents to monitor their children’s social media activity for a new game that challenges participants to harm themselves. The Blue Whale Challenge is an app that instructs its participants (many preteens) to carry out increasingly dangerous tasks and self-harm over 50 days.
Users are encouraged to tag friends on social media and ‘challenge’ them to participate in the game. Challenges start with something as simple as watching a scary movie. But the tasks escalate to harm oneself seriously. Social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube can be used for the game.
Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about any new games or challenges their friends may be playing.
We request parents to search their children’s social media accounts for use of the #BlueWhaleChallenge hashtag or photos of a blue whale. This post is not meant to alarm anyone, but rather to encourage parents to be vigilant about the activities of our children on social media so as to keep them safe and sound.