Warning: Blue Whale Game

Warning: Blue Whale Game

Image result for Blue Whale ChallengeBecause parents don't have enough to worry about these days, an online warning is now circulating about a dare that could spur kids to engage in self-harm. School officials in Massachusetts emailed parents last week about the "Blue Whale Challenge," a "game" shared through social media that allegedly puts kids in touch with "an anonymous curator," who then eggs users to complete a series of challenges over 50 days. It often starts with a fairly harmless task - like watching a horror movie - but then moves on to increasingly dangerous ones, such as cutting yourself, before finally asking the participants to kill themselves on the 50th day. Per the Washington Post, school districts nationwide are addressing the dark challenge, though many believe it's just a hoax to frighten parents. The challenge allegedly circulates via popular online mediums such as texting, Snapchat, and Instagram. There was the recent suicide of 15-year-old Isaiah Gonzalez, whose family says he was a Blue Whale victim. And according to her family, a teen in Atlanta also took her own life after participating in the challenge. One school superintendent says parents should check out their kids' social media accounts for related hashtags or pics of blue whales, noting they need to be "policing [their kids' online] environment." (Sun Chronicle)