Police to protect children from ‘Blue Whale’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Sep 2017 09:58:43


Staff Reporter,


Chhattisgarh Police has come forward in the social task of protecting children from the Blue Whale Challenge Game, which is a mission game that throws challenges and the
psychological impact is so severe that this game has led children to commit suicide or attempt to do so.
The police has released a pamphlet that contains twelve check points in order to keep the children safe. “It is children in 12 to 19 years age group being targeted through this game”, said Additional Director General of Police R K Vij.

“It creates only psychological trap so there will be no harm if the game is quitted at any stage. Parents and teachers need to pay attention to the social behaviour of the children, who are minors and teenagers and the vulnerable group,” said Additional Director General of Police R K Vij while briefing to the media persons at Police Control Room on Saturday. Blue Whale is no kind of Application or Software that can be downloaded. Secret groups share it on social media.

The game administrator is in search of sensitive children and sent them invitation to be a part of network. The children get a link and opening the same get instructions of the administrator. The children get trapped psychologically and at one stage threats are issued in case of not doing the task as asked or quitting it. 50 different tasks/challenges are sent in 50 days. As a result of psychological pressure, the participant children get depressed and seem to be lonely. Incidents of suicide and attempt to suicide are reported from Damoh, Jodhpur and Kanpur.

It began in Russia and still the link has not been removed. After receiving instructions from Government of India Ministries of Information Technology and Home Affairs, Chhattisgarh Police shot letters to all its Police Superintendents, held meeting with the Nodal Officers of Internet Service Providers and Telecommunication Department. All these exercise led to the conclusion that control needs at the level of Internet Service Providers. The nodal officers have been written instructional letters in this regard, said Vij.

Focusing of the legal provision called the Juvenile Justice Act, Vij emphasised that every district should have a team as per this provision and there can be a counselling team of two trained persons at each district. The police is there in its place to do the job of tracking offenders, register offence and will always be responding on dial 100. But the media and of course the school teachers and finally the parents needs to play a role, said Vij. Replying to The Hitavada query, Vij was appreciative of the parents of old schooling who always limit money and means of entertainments to their children.

“Too many gadgets should not be given to children. But, no one can be forced,” he said. The 12 point instructions contained in the pamphlet call upon the parents to ensure that children use proper and safe on-line site that does not encourage immoral trade or violence; To ensure that children use such a computer that is placed very much among the family members to access the internet and others.