Blue Whale: IT Ministry Issues Advisory
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has issued an advisory against the 'suicide game'.
The advisory, issued last week, states that the "creators seek out their players/victims who are in depression and send them an invitation to join. The basis of the challenge is that an anonymous group administrator, otherwise known as the curator, hands out 50 tasks to selected players that must be completed, documented and posted during a 50-day period".
Over the past couple of weeks, BabyChakra moms have been expressing concern over kids hearing about the "blue whale challenge" either through older kids in school or through other sources.
The advisory states that parents must look out for the following signs and symptoms:
- Becoming withdrawn from friends and family
- Persistent low mood and unhappiness
- Child seems to be worried that stops him from carrying out day-to-day tasks
- Sudden outbursts of anger directed at themselves or others
- Loss of interest in activities that they used to enjoy
- Visible marks like deep cuts or wounds on any part of the body of the child
The advisory warns parents from discussing the game "unless there is reason to believe that the child already knows of or has played the game". It further adds that parents must check with school counsellors periodically and not hesitate from seeking professional help.
Most importantly, it asks parents to remind the child that they are there and will support them through life challenges.
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