World has been on fire for quiet a time and parents everywhere have been worrying about their children and the reason is just a game!. The blue whale challenge is not exactly a game - as games are meant for entertainment - but this one was referred to as a challenge of 50 steps over 50 days which includes increasingly progressive hard tasks over a 50 days course which will end eventually with a teenage committing suicide.
In 2017, Russian authorities have arrested Philipp Budeikin (the picture below), a 22 young man from Russia who was later charged of inciting suicide through a social media craze called Blue Whale.
Budeikin has confessed his crimes and held responsibility directly for causing 17 teenagers to commit suicide while some reports claim his responsibility for hundreds of teenage deaths around the world. He told police the victims were ‘happy to die’ as part of his mission of ‘cleansing society’.
The deadly social media game gives young players a ‘whale’ or an instructor, who gives them fifty dangerous tasks including self destruction and self mutilation designed to break their spirit and encourage them to commit suicide at the final challenge.
Blue whale challenge list include watching horror movies, self harming with carving the blue whale logo on one's skin, waking up at midnight and watching horror movies, listening to sad music, walking on the roof edge and looking down from heights, hating one's friends and sharing sad photos on social media, and finally committing suicide.
Two friends, Yulia Konstantinova (pictured above), 15, and Veronika Volkova (below), 16, were reported of committing suicide in an apartment block in Irkutsk region.
Yulia left a note on her social page of a Russian social network saying ‘The End’. The Blue Whale’s image is seen as a symbol of the suicidal attempts made by blue whales naturally for an unknown reason where the whale just moves to sea shore to die.
Her friend Veronika (pictured above) wrote too on her social media page, “Sense is lost, End”. She was regularly posting sad messages, such as, “Do you feel that gradually you become useless?” or “I’m just a spirit”.
These are just two cases among hundreds of reported cases in Russia and all over the world where young teenagers took their own lives due to this sadistic game challenge.
In an interview, Budeikin sickly claimed that he put teenage girls through a transitional phase as he intended them to commit suicide to make the community free of biological waste! :
Yes. I truly was doing that. Don’t worry, you’ll understand everything. Everyone will understand. They were dying happy. I was giving them what they didn’t have in real life: warmth, understanding, connections.
There were 17 of them… There were also those with whom I was simply communicating, who committed suicide later but without my direct influence.
There are people – and there is biological waste. Those who do not represent any value for society. Who cause or will cause only harm to society.
I was cleaning our society of such people. It started in 2013 when I created F57 [online] community. I’d been thinking through this idea for 5 years. It was necessary to distinguish normal [people] from biological rubbish.
Anton Breido, an Investigative Committee senior official, stated:
Budeikin very clearly knew what he had to do to get the result [he wanted]. He started in 2013 and ever since he has polished his tactics and corrected his mistakes.
Philipp and his aides at first attracted children into VK [Russian social media] groups by using mega-scary videos. Their task was to attract as many children as possible, then figure out those who would be the most affected by psychological manipulation.
Breido added that Budeikin had been a friendless young guy with lots of conflicts and he was neglected by his own mother.
Later on, a Mumbai teenager committed suicide which was linked to this madness game. The confirmed deaths linked to the blue whale challenge runs around 130 alleged suicides in both Europe and Russia. The added Mumbai teenager and another one from Argentina and some others in the middle east too denotes that Budeikin's arrest didn't help much in stopping the challenge and that the challenge still continues till now which leaves the parents frightened. There were many help lines and services offered online to help teenagers who fall a victim for this game supported by Apple and Quora where help suggestion appears on search when trying to search for blue whale info and images.
Need Help? Contact a suicide hotline if you need someone to talk to. If you have a friend in need of help, please encourage that person to contact a suicide hotline as well.
In general, if you're outside the US, numbers for your country are here: Help a friend - Befrienders Worldwide. You can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to talk to someone or go to http://www.samaritans.org/how-we... to speak with someone.
- United States
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Para español, llame al 1-888-628-9454.
Locate a crisis centre in your area and at The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (link to: Find A Crisis Centre). For youth under 20, you can call the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868.
Visit AASRA or call their 24/7 helpline at +91-22-27546669 or +91-22-27546667. You can also e-mail email@example.com.
- UK 116 123 (to reach the Samaritans in the UK)
- France (33) 01 46 21 46 46
- Australia 13 11 14
Google has chosen a different pathway where they simply hide search results related to the suicide game and show you info on how to save real blue whales and other animal lives !.
Finally, to sum up the whole thing, you need to be careful for any signs that show up on your teenage child, any harmful intended scars, sad music, weird activities midnight. If you suspect your child to be falling a victim for this challenge try to contact help authorities immediately to save him and report to other parents to worry about their children too.