The Blue Whale Virus Warning

Angie Reyes

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A recent online danger has been spreading through rumors in Russia, and there is now concern of it becoming world wide. Taking the form of a simple social media game, kids between 10 and 14 have supposedly been asked to join groups and post certain hashtags in hopes of being chosen by a “group administrator”. If chosen, teens must complete a 50 day challenge which escalates from watching horror movies to trying to cut yourself in a certain shape, and you must send picture evidence. Most kids would immediately try to back track, but if they do try to they are blackmailed with private information hacked from their devices and cyber bullied by their group administrators. In the end, the victim will have to commit suicide to win the game. Most group administrators are believed to be adults and older teens trying to target vulnerable people. Though some believe it is a simple urban legend, parents are being urged to keep track of what their children are up to on social media. Already, there have been more than 100 suicides in Russia suspected to be linked to the game. So far, there is still uncertainty about the game and the mysteries that surround it.

 

In the end, you as a middle school reader should be aware that any unknown profiles urging you to participate in a challenge or game should be reported and avoided. It is also vital for you to know that suicide is never the right option, and there are people out there that can help. To reach out, you can always call 1-800-273-TALK, which is available for anyone at any time.

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The Blue Whale Virus Warning