Monday, December 11, 2017

Blue Whale Game – Suicide Challenge hits UK as ‘children as young as seven discover craze’

BLUE Whale Game is a monstrous online challenge that aims to goad vulnerable youngsters into taking their own lives. The vicious viral game has spread online via social media accounts, and reports suggest it has arrived in UK schools and is played by children as young as seven-years-old.

Reports indicate the Blue Whale Game may have come to the UK

Reports indicate the Blue Whale Game may have come to the UK

Blue Whale Game has purportedly arrived in the UK.

The twisted viral challenge, which encourages participants to kill themselves, appears to have hit UK schools.

According to one online security expert, schoolchildren as young as seven years-old have heard about the infamous Blue Whale Game.

The Blue Whale Game aims to push vulnerable youngsters into taking their own lives.

The suicide challenge has already been linked to some 130 deaths in Russia.

Earlier this summer, the parents of a 16-year-old in Georgia, USA blamed the Blue Whale Game for the death of their daughter.

“I start researching and start reading more about the game, what it’s asking. Then I start to put some of the pieces – how during the weekend she asked me to step on the roof of the house,” the mother told CBS North Carolina.

“I realised one of the pictures is from our roof, and it’s something that the game asked.”

There are hundreds of posts related to the sick trend on social media.

The Blue Whale Game sees youngsters assigned one challenge a day for a 50-day stretch.

Tasks are dolled-out by an anonymous administrator and participants are required to submit photo evidence each day to prove the challenge was completed.

Blue Whale is so named because of the way whales will sometimes beach themselves and then die.

As the tasks become more extreme over the 50 day period, some group administrators have encouraged members to self-harm – with some scoring the shape of a whale into the skin on their forearm.

On the 50th day, group members are purportedly encourage to take their own lives.

Blue Whale Game
Blue Whale Game

Social media is filled with posts warning people against taking part in the The Blue Whale Game

Online child protection specialist Jonathan Taylor has told Sky News that children in Year 3 in the UK education system have heard about the infamous challenge.

“Last week I was in a primary school and a Year 3 pupil, a boy, asked me about it,” he said.

“I would not be speaking to primary school children about Blue Whale but they know about it. When I asked who else had heard about this you had 20 hands go up.

“The children are talking about Blue Whale.

“They may not know exactly what they are talking about but the curiosity of a child … they may then go on to the internet to see what they can do.”

The vast majority of reported fatalities have been reported in Russia, however incidents linked to the Blue Whale Game have also surfaced in Ukraine, Estonia, Kenya, Brazil and Argentina.

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