Police issue warning over ‘Blue Whale’ suicide game spreading

An online social media group is targeting children and teens between 10 and 14 years old. The game involves assigning daily tasks to members include self-harming & watching horror movies, which they have to complete over 50 days, culminating in the controlling manipulators behind the game reportedly instructing the youngsters to commit suicide.

A high number of teenage suicide incidents among teenagers have been reported globally recently, and although no direct evidence has been found, it is believed a Russian social network group behind the “Blue Whale Challenge’ is directly linked to many of the incidents.

Is the Blue Whale in Australia?

Australian Police have issued a warning over the ‘Blue Whale’ suicide game spreading around the globe. Although no suicide reports have been related to this game in Australia, it is important for parents to talk with their children and watch for warning signs within vulnerable children and teens.

As always, it is important for parents to supervise their kids’ internet behaviour as much as possible, and check the nature of games they are playing on their IT devices. We understand the challenges many parents face, due to work or other commitments, supervising their childrens’ internet activity 24/7, however there are a number of safety parental control measures that can be set to ensure the internet is a safer place for them.

Parental control can be configured on the IT devices and modem, where you can set the content control level to Low, Medium or High so you can ensure you’re comfortable with the sites and applications your kids can engage with online.

If you don’t feel confident enough to set the parental controls yourself, call us on 1300 489 434 or contact us  and we will come to your home or office and help you identify the level of parental controls required and set it all up for you. It’s imperative we act responsibly to protect our children and teenagers from online risks.

If you are concerned about the mental health of yourself or a loved one, seek support and information by calling Lifeline 13 11 14, Mensline 1300 789 978, or Kids Helpline 1800 551 800