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Thursday, July 27, 2017

What I Learned About the Blue Whale Suicide Challenge

Parents Become Informed

I became concerned as I listened to the news when they mentioned “Blue Whale.” Naturally the first thing that came to my mind was a big fish. Possibly someone was physically attacked by one. As I continued to listen I discovered it was a great threat to children. Parents beware.

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Besides the fact that children are dealing with cyberbullying there is the new threat of a challenge to commit suicide. The Blue Whale sinister challenge was reportedly started in Russia, but now is in the United States as well as several other countries all over the world. A 16-year-old boy in Georgia may have also been involved. According to CNN news a family shared their story of how a young girl, teenager, may have also been involved in this challenge.  Remember to be kind to others.  You never know how much that kindness will impact their lives.  You may also want to read:

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Nadia's family research discovered that the Blue Whale is an online challenge presented to teens starting with a request for the teen to draw a picture of a blue whale starting at 4:20 a.m. Then demands start to increase with requests for the teen to watch horror movies, or secretly cut themselves, and some have even been instructed to jump off of a tall building. With each challenge the curator asks for a photographic picture to assure the challenge was completed. All of the challenges becoming riskier during a 50 day period and finally on the 50th day players are instructed to commit suicide. They also emphasized once the teens start playing that there is no way back because the curator threatens to come after the teen and the teen's family.

I know this is something no parent wants to believe their child would try, but it is important to watch for signs such as any postings on social media that your child may be viewing involving the “Blue Whale,” getting up at 4:20 am. Watching scary movies, or listening to music that was sent to them from the curator of the Blue Whale.

The Miami Police Department has created a video to explain The Blue Whale Challenge. The video shown below is quite revealing.

More Information About the Blue Whale Challenge:




Although Snopes.com states hundreds of deaths have not been proven to link to this challenge, the challenges are quite harmful. Any challenge for example that might ask teenagers to jump off a roof or to cut themselves is quite alarming and harmful. What are your thoughts on this?


Photo Caption: Pixabay, Geralt

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2 comments:

  1. Wow! That's scary; thanks for sharing with us at Love to Learn. Pinned.

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