Code Bytes: BLUE Whale is a twisted suicide challenge that appears to goad vulnerable teens into killing themselves.
- Philipp Budeiki, the 22-year-old creator of the game, was sentenced to 3 years in jail for inciting Russian youths to kill themselves
- To play the game, Budeiki would select people he considered weak enough to be manipulated
- Budeiki said he pushed teenagers to suicide intentionally
What is the Blue Whale online suicide game?
The Blue Whale suicide game is believed to be a social media group which is encouraging people to kill themselves.There are hundreds of thousands of posts relating to the sick trend on Instagram.It’s thought a group administrator assigns daily tasks to members, which they have to complete over 50 days.
The horrific tasks include self-harming, watching horror movies and waking up at unusual hours, but these gradually get more extreme.On the 50th day, the controlling manipulators behind the game reportedly instruct the youngsters to commit suicide.
The NSPCC say children should remember not to follow the crowd and not feel pressured into doing anything that makes them feel unsafe.A spokesperson said: “Children can find it difficult to stand up to peer pressure but they must know it’s perfectly okay to refuse to take part in crazes that make them feel unsafe or scared.
“Parents should talk with their children and emphasise that they can make their own choices and discuss ways of how to say no.“Reassuring a child that they can still be accepted even if they don’t go along with the crowd will help stop them doing something that could hurt them or make them uncomfortable.”
Instruction should be Followed
1) Say it with confidence:
Be assertive. It’s your choice and you don’t have to do something which makes you feel unsafe or uncomfortable.
2) Try not to judge them:
By respecting their choices, they should respect yours.
3) Spend time with friends who can say ‘no’:
It takes confidence and courage to say no to your friends. Spend time with other friends who also aren’t taking part.
4) Suggest something else to do:
If you don’t feel comfortable doing what your friends are doing, suggest something else to do.Any child worried about peer pressure or online worries can contact Childline on 0800 1111.
What is Instagram doing to stop the game spreading?
Instagram has started showing users a warning when they search for pictures relating to Blue Whale.When you search for the term on the network, a notification appears which reads: “Posts with words or tags you’re searching for often encourage behaviour that can cause harm and even lead to death.“If you’re going through something difficult, we’d like to help.”But directly underneath the post it gives the option to “see posts anyway”.
There are several shocking pictures of self-harm and even jokes about the sick game once you click through.Some include pools of blood on the floor, while others appear to show a whale carved onto an arm.
Peoples Who Kill Themselves
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