The Blue Whale Game Challenge-Revealed & Must Say No to Such a Craze
What Is The Blue Whale Game?
It’s described as a game, but the Blue Whale Challenge is far from a game. Young teens who accept the challenge are encouraged to complete a series of tasks which get more and more sinister and at the end of the game the player is urged to take their own life in order to “win.” The Blue Whale suicide game goes by many names including ‘A Silent House,’ ‘A Sea Of Whales’ and ‘Wake Me Up At 4:20 AM.’ It takes 50 days to complete. It gets its name from a common belief that blue whales voluntarily beach themselves in order to end their own lives.
The game’s administrators or curator find players through “death groups” or “suicide groups” on internet. These groups encourage children to commit suicide by convincing them that they are “fat” or “losers” in this world, however they tell them that there is is another world and there they will be among the chosen ones. Police in Russia have shut down several of these groups in recent years but say that as soon as one is shut down, another starts up and this has driven them underground. Once you’ve been accepted by an administrator, you are given your first of 50 daily challenges, these can be anything from simple tasks like listening to a certain song, watching unsettling videos and waking up at odd times to much more extreme requests like cutting words or whale symbols into your skin. The first challenge usually comes at 4:20 AM. Every time you accomplish a task, you must provide photographic or video proof of completion to the admin. Once the participants join the game, the admins make it very clear that there is no backing out. The game has 50 dangerous levels where each level is more daunting than the last and requires 50 days to complete. Few of the challenges include cutting a shark with a knife on the participant’s hand, going on the roof-top and sitting there, making a cut on the lip and the final and most life-threatening one includes killing yourself by jumping from the rooftop. Not only this, one must send photographic proof of completion of the level and there’s no fooling by using Photoshop.
Complete List Of Blue Whale Challenges
A quora user posted a completed list of tasks:
- Carve with a razor “f57” on your hand, send a photo to the curator.
- Wake up at 4.20 a.m. and watch psychedelic and scary videos that curator sends you.
- Cut your arm with a razor along your veins, but not too deep, only 3 cuts, send a photo to the curator.
- Draw a whale on a sheet of paper, send a photo to curator.
- If you are ready to “become a whale”, carve “YES” on your leg. If not, cut yourself many times (punish yourself).
- Task with a cipher.
- Carve “f40” on your hand, send a photo to curator.
- Type “#i_am_whale”.
- You have to overcome your fear.
- Wake up at 4:20 a.m. and go to a roof (the higher the better)
- Carve a whale on your hand with a razor, send a photo to curator.
- Watch psychedelic and horror videos all day.
- Listen to music that “they” (curators) send you.
- Cut your lip.
- Poke your hand with a needle many times.
- Do something painful to yourself, make yourself sick.
- Go to the highest roof you can find, stand on the edge for some time.
- Go to a bridge, stand on the edge.
- Climb up a crane or at least try to do it.
- The curator checks if you are trustworthy.
- Have a talk “with a whale” (with another player like you or with a curator) in Skype.
- Go to a roof and sit on the edge with your legs dangling.
- Another task with a cipher.
- Secret task.
- Have a meeting with a “whale.”
- The curator tells you the date of your death and you have to accept it.
- Wake up at 4:20 a.m. and go to rails (visit any railroad that you can find).
- Don’t talk to anyone all day.
- Make a vow that “you’re a whale.”
- Every day you wake up at 4:20am, watch horror videos, listen to music that “they” send you, make 1 cut on your body per day, talk “to a whale.
- Jump off a high building. Take your life.
Blue Whale Challenge: Say No to Such a Craze:
Children who are low in confidence and self-worth may feel the need to fit in to a group or be part of an activity, even though it is unsafe. This makes them vulnerable to dangerous behaviour, which in this case is the suicide challenge. Parents play a major part in instilling self-esteem in their children and their interactions with them can either boost their confidence or make them rebel.
Mental health experts say that teenagers should be reassured by parents that it is okay not to fall prey to the pressures of their peers and take part in challenge like Blue Whale.
What Parents Can Do:
Rose Sunderraj, Counsellor at Mount Carmel College, Bangalore gives some tips on helping children avoid such behaviour –
- Monitor their online behaviour without being negative or pushy.
- Listen to your child. Look out for messages in their words that may have a hidden or deeper meaning.
- Have a normal conversation about online behaviour and usage just like you would talk to them about school.
- Build a positive connection and try to understand their point of view.
- Treat them with affection and respect. Instill confidence instead of putting benchmarks.
How to Identify A Troubled Child:
- They may be overly critical of themselves or sensitive to criticism
- Lack courage to speak up for themselves
- A willingness to please
- Have feelings of helplessness and guilt
- Show lack of interest in daily activities
Tips on saying NO to peer pressure:
Childline UK (www.childline.uk.org) gives some important pointers to teenagers, regarding this incident, on not succumbing to peer pressure —
- Say NO with confidence. Be assertive. Practise saying ‘no’ so that it’s easier when someone asks. Avoid situations which feel unsafe or uncomfortable. You could explain that you’re going to pay for something instead of stealing it.
- Try not to judge them. By respecting their choices, they should respect yours.
- Spend time with friends who can say ‘no.’ It takes confidence to say no to your friends. You could try seeing how your other friends stand up to peer pressure and you can try this too.