Blue Whale game: Signs parents need to watch out for

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Blue Whale game: Signs parents need to watch out for

The killer Blue Whale game has arrived in India! It is targeting young adults and encouraging them to harm themselves. Shockingly, there is a sudden spurt of Blue Whale related suicides in the country, which has naturally got teen parents worried. It has been linked to more than 150 deaths across the world.

For the uninitiated, the 50-day challenge urges its participants to accomplish tasks that range from listening to music to the more dangerous self harming tasks. The challenge culminates in the participant committing suicide. Every task has to be proved with photographic evidence.

While media reports are warning parents to watch out for this killer game that many teens are playing, they are clueless on ways to tackle it. We spoke to Mumbai-based psychiatrist Dr Harish Shetty and Dr Achal Bhagat, senior consultant, psychiatry, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, both of who insist that psychological vigilance is important.


Signs to watch out for



Here we bring to you common signs that parents and even teachers need to watch out for:

If your child is spending long hours on gadgets… Also, his/her intensity of craving for gadgets.

If he/she is drowsy in the morning… Nearly all the challenges involve waking up at 4.20 am.

If he/she has started to lock his room…

If he/she has hurt marks on his arms or thighs…

If he/she has suddenly started watching horror movies or psychedelic thrillers…

If he/she is putting strange updates on his social media pages…

If he/she has started spending time on terrace alone…

If he/she sympathizes with children who are committing suicide…

If he/she starts to withdraw from friends and family…

If he/she shows sudden outburst of anger…

If he/she loses interest in activities that they used to enjoy earlier…


Things to do



Sync your phone with your child’s phone and keep a track on their mobile activity. There are many such apps available.

Do not interrogate your child. Instead try to explore by having a friendly discussion.

If you see any attempt of self harm, go straight to a psychiatrist instead of a physician.

Engage more with the teachers and school authorities. Encourage them to have mental health activities in school.

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