The Blue Whale Challenge is a sick series of online challenges designed to prey on vulnerable teens, which culminates in convincing them to end their own life in order to "win."
The game, which frequently involves self-harm and psychologically dark challenges, is said to find its victims through "suicide groups" on social media websites such as VKontakte . The challenge takes 50 days to complete and gets its name from the common belief that blue whales voluntarily beach themselves in order to end their own lives. When I wrote about the game on my website a few weeks ago, I was surprised to find that despite the fact this is an English language website, most of the visitors to he page were coming from Eastern European countries, the very places where the Blue Whale Challenge is said to be a problem. Worryingly, many of the comments on my article appeared to be teens asking how they could play the game themselves. I decided to conduct a little experiment, so I added a buttoncontinue reading