The deadly Blue Whale Game, which lures gullible and impressionable teenagers into taking their own lives, is already in the country. A Mumbai youth who leaped off a seven-storey building is said to be the first victim of the game in India. The game, which asks the players to do unusual and eerie things like getting up at odd hours and etching patterns on the skin, ends with a challenge to take one's own life. Cyber law enforcers and governments are actively working with ethical hackers to run down the game and similar malicious games. But, the sheer number of such games makes the task difficult. Psychologists say proper parental care and watch on the mobile phone usage of wards could avert such disasters a great deal.
Here is what parents and grown-ups could do to prevent their loved ones from being swallowed by the whale:
» Don’t allow your teenage children to use your mobile phone
» If they own a mobile phone, keep an eye on their activities and check it regularly.
» Be vigilant if the child suffers from sleep deprivation.
» Say no to habits such as listening to music in the early hours or watching TV late into the night
» Look for signs of depression and aloofness
» Seek professional help to skim phones if there is activity that could be suspect