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"The Blue Whale Challenge: How Can We Help Our Teens"

“The Blue Whale Challenge: How Can We Help Our Teens”

The Blue Whale Challenge is a scary psychopathic 50 day online game that targets depressed preteens and teens all over the world. It is believed that the challenge originated in Russia four years ago and is primarily played on popular Russian social media site, VKontakte, or VK for short.

This game encourages the participants to take their lives and also makes this fun by turning the suicide into a thrilling game.

After signing up, the participant is assigned daily challenges for the next 50 days. It includes inflicting self-injury, watching psychedelic videos, waking up at odd hours(4:20am) and making marks on the arms and legs with razor to induce pain. The task keeps getting tougher with each passing day. On the last day, the game admin or curator as they call them, asks the participant to commit suicide. Those who want to back out on the last day are threatened that their family members will be hurt if they don’t abide by the game rules. There is no exit.

This scary game has already claimed over 130 lives in Russia and other countries including India. Recently, Manpreet Singh, a 14-year-old boy in Andheri East, Mumbai jumped off the terrace of a seven-storey building in order to complete this challenge.

Philipp Budeikin, a psychology student claimed that he invented the game. Budeikin, who was thrown out of his university, said he was attempting to weed out the society by encouraging those who have no value to take their lives. Other reports claim that the mastermind behind the game, a postman called Ilya Sidorov, 26, was arrested in Moscow, Russia. He used to encourage teenagers to hurt themselves and eventually commit suicide.

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About Dr. Anupama Verma

Dr. Anupama Verma
Dr. Anupama Verma is a Clinical psychologist and M.S mental health, having 10yrs experience.

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