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"Blue Whale: Teenagers most vulnerable," Tamil Nadu issues advisory

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Following the suo moto case in the Madras High Court, the Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday issued an advisory to citizens over the Blue Whale Challenge. The advisory spells out what signs to look out for to identify if children, especially between 12 and 19 years of age, are victims of the online game. This is the government's first effort at creating awareness about the suicide game.

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The Department of Information of the Tamil Nadu secretariat released a note explaining what the Blue Whale Game in all about and why attention needs to be paid to changes in children's attitudes. Highlighting the death of a teenager from Madurai, the Tamil Nadu government has appealed to the people to stay vigilant but not spread panic about the game.

What is the Blue Whale Challenge all about

The advisory attempts to explain what the game is all about and how access is gained.

Blue Whale Challenge is not an application based game

It is not easily downloadable from websites

It can't be downloaded from official play stores

It involves performing activities

Activities are assigned by the administrator or curator

The curator is part of a closed group social media forum

The forum includes online gaming groups

Forums can also be on message boards and online community messaging areas

Meant to target people and deliberately induce vulnerable teenagers

Teenagers asked to complete tasks over a period of 50 days

Suicide is the final task

The advisory has also indicated behavioral changes that need to be noticed and addressed

Children who play such online games tend to stay by themselves

They stop interacting with family and friends

They often talk about running away from home

They could talk even about death

Changes in their eating, sleeping habits

Moodiness

Less or no communication

Lack of interest in studies and falling grades

What is to be done?

Parents and teachers are advised to notice changes in child's behavior

Stop them from using the internet from any devices

Inform the local police authorities about the incident

Provide psychological counseling to the player

Seek help from government hospitals or NGOs

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