Blue Whale: Govt issues advisory to parents
New Delhi: The Centre has come out with an advisory on the ‘Blue Whale’ game for guardians. It has asked them to monitor their children’s online and social media activity to ensure that they are not engaging with the deadly game which has led to a spate of suicides in India and other countries.
The advisory, which was issued by the ministry of electronics & IT, also advises guardians not to talk about the game “unless there is reason to believe your child already knows of or has played the game”, as discussing it may “increase the chance that your child will search for it on their own”.
“Blue whale game (the suicide game) is abetment to suicide. It is understood through various internet reports that it is shared among secretive groups on social media networks. The creators seek out their players/ victims who are in depression and send them an invitation to join,” said the advisory dated September 13.
The advisory has strongly suggested that guardians be attentive if they notice unusually secretive behaviour, mostly related to the online activity of their child.
The advisory also cautions guardians to remain alert if there is a sudden increase of many new phone numbers and email contacts in their device.