Can one commit murder without ever touching their victims?
The first time I had learned of The Blue Whale Challenge, was at a blog I follow, where I catch up on world news.
This sinister social media challenge has traveled around the world, and has caused India to seek a ban of this dangerous game. India’s Ministry of Electronics and IT has directed internet platforms like Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Yahoo to remove the links to the online game. This follows a petition from the Ministry of Women and Child Development, demanding a ban. The number of recent suicides have been investigated, and it has been found that India’s teens are actively playing the game. Parents world-wide, have been strongly cautioned to be aware of what activity’s their children are involved in.
Philipp Budeikin, the games creator, is a 22 year old Russian Psychology student. Who is now serving a three-year sentence, for his involvement in several teen suicides. This dark heart, still receives love letters in prison from teenage girls who were drawn into his web of deceit.
 The term “blue whale” comes from the phenomenon of beached whales, which is linked to suicide. Beaching is a phenomenon in which cetaceans strand themselves on land, usually on a beach. Beached whales die due to dehydration, collapsing under their own weight or drowning when high tide covers the blowhole.
How could anyone seek out vulnerable teens for lab rats? Using mind manipulation this game controls your moves and emotions; there is no fun, and in the end everyone looses..
Blue Whale’s creator, was quoted as saying ; “There are people – and there is biological waste. Those who do not represent any value for society. Who cause or will cause only harm to society. I was cleaning our society of such people”.
Those who participate in the challenge are contacted on social media. After a series of questions, they must commit to the challenge, and follow through to the end. The first red flag with this challenge, is the person must commit to secrecy. After accepting the challenge, you are given a series of daily tasks,which can bring you to the state of physical and mental exhaustion. These tasks include cutting, watching horror movies, listening to music, and sleep deprivation. After the tasks are completed and documented by photo or video, the curator then chooses the time that you must die.
There have been a number of teen suicides world-wide, although it is widely debated as to if the challenge was a factor as claimed.
Why am I sharing such dark news? because this challenge is active, and spreading across social media. There are ways you can protect your child from being a victim of cyber manipulation. Apps are available to control the content your child can reach on their phone. These Apps can be purchased, or there are free Apps available for android..
On computers you can protect your children by using software, there are many that offer customization to fit your level of monitoring. True Vine Online, is aimed at blocking pornography, but has several options to select your level of filtering. They also allow you to receive an email update of your PC’s web history. I realize children must establish a sense of freedom and trust. I am not implying we should not allow any room to breath.. but in this day and age, there are many dangers children face, right in the comfort of their home.