The dangerous "game" is killing teens
While it’s doubtful all of these untimely deaths are directly related, a string of recent suicides were proven to be the results of this sick and lethal “game.”
At the end of February, two teenage girls died after falling from the roof of a 14-story apartment building. Veronika Volkova (16) and Yulia Konstantinova (15) weren’t alone in their endeavor: Two teenage boys were taken in by police for filming the double suicide. Furthermore, the girls had left messages on their social media saying “End” and “Sense is lost… End.”
That same week in a different city, another teen committed suicide. Then, yet another teen jumped off a building, but survived her fall. All of these cases and more are believed to be related to Blue Whale. Several other teenagers were rescued (after adult and police intervention) once parents or friends became aware that the kids had joined a “suicide group.”
Sadly, it’s not the only dangerous Internet game plaguing Russian children at the moment…
Another terrifying “game” has gone viral in Russia that promises young girls they can turn into true “fire fairies” by following a simple series of steps.
First, their whole family must be asleep. Then, they must recite magic words before sneaking into the kitchen and turning on their gas stoves. The instructions then tell them to go back to bed and that they will wake up as fairies.
Horrific as it sounds, it seems true, as per posts in the British press and parental advisory pages. The consequences can be devastating. While it doesn’t instruct the girls to light the stoves, at least one girl suffered severe burns while attempting to become a fairy.
Much like a horror movie plot, these are the instructions that have gone viral, convincing numerous children across Russia to potentially asphyxiate themselves and their families or burn their houses down in the night. Is this too horrific to be true? Critics have called a child’s ability to read and understand the instructions into question, but at the very least, it’s an important reminder to watch what our children are doing online.
Luckily, along with the spread of these fiendish instructions come increased awareness so that parents can warn their children not to follow them. Hopefully, it’s the same situation with the Blue Whale game so that families and schools can begin addressing the threat before it grows even greater and takes more lives.
At the end of the day, this comes down to every parent’s worst fear: Fear of the unknown. Be it strangers on the street, bumps in the night, or people on the Internet wishing to cause harm. While it would be irrational to live in fear, parents, teachers, and guardians should make sure they keep track of what children and teens are viewing and doing online; they should also be sure to be as present as possible in these young people’s lives to make sure that they are healthy and happy.
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