PETALING JAYA: Parents have been asked to keep a close watch on their children to make sure they do not fall prey to a social media game that encourages teen suicide.
The game, known as the Blue Whale Challenge, first surfaced in Russia in 2015. According to media reports, it consists of 50 challenges that users must complete in 50 days.
The tasks, which are doled out by curators, include waking up at unusual hours and watching horror movies, but gradually grow more extreme, culminating in the user being told to commit suicide.
Although there has been no hard evidence of the Blue Whale Challenge, reports and pictures of self-harm have been linked to the game.
One such photo, showing an arm with the shape of a whale cut into the skin, has gone viral on social media.
Befrienders publicity director Ardy Ayadali told The Star that there have been no reports of the game being played in Malaysia. However, he asked parents to be aware of their children’s online activities.
“Kids might be interested in the game because it is viral and want the challenge that comes with the game, that’s one thing parents need to be aware about,” he was quoted as saying.
He added that parents should also be on the look-out for signs of self-harm among their children, the daily said.