Blue Whale: Govt is­sues ad­vi­sory to par­ents

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION -

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.

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