Parents should be aware of a disturbing “game” that is being enabled through social media and the internet. The “Blue Whale Challenge” involves adolescents completing 50 increasingly dangerous challenges. Starting with odd challenges like waking yourself up at 4:20AM every day and moving on to tasks like watching a scary movie, to taking a photo of yourself on the roof of a building, to cutting yourself, to suicide, parents should be aware of the potential dangers of such communications.
It appears that the online challenge began in Russia (Russian police recently arrested a man who news reports indicated was facilitating the “game” that led to two apparent suicides), to Europe, and within the past month or so, to the United States. While there is still discussion related to whether this may be a hoax or “urban legend,” the most recent stories do include beliefs on the part of the families that the Blue Whale Challenge was involved somehow in the deaths of the teens. I urge you to take a moment to review the social media traffic of your children and review one or more of the social media and internet safety guides on the district’s website: https://www.dracutps.org/district/parent-resources/pages/social-media-and-internet-safety-guides-parents-and-students
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call my office at 957-2660 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.