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Parents Concerned When Dangerous New Game Targeting Their Kids Hits App Store

A school district in Alabama sent notice home with students about a potentially deadly internet game. News of the game has gone viral, and many people are concerned and spreading the warning. So far, no incidents have been reported, but parents are being urged to tell young kids to stay away from it if they should come across it.

The game is an app that initially showed up in Russia. It's called 'Blue Whale', and the game gives kids a series of things to do. Children who complete all the tasks, one at a time, get closer and closer to winning the game, but in this game’s case, winning is not all that it is cracked up to be.

The first tasks are relatively innocuous, such as listening to a song all the way to the end. Tasks get more dangerous, however, when the game starts instructing kids to cut themselves. The final challenge is to commit suicide.

When the kids download the app, it reportedly hacks into their device for personal information, and it can't be deleted. It uses the information against the children to push them to carry out the final task and 'win the game.' Once kids start it, “The app originators then threaten the teenagers with harm to their families or releasing of personal information until they kill themselves,” said the Alabama school district director.

So far, no injuries or deaths have been reported for such a game, and some are questioning whether it's a hoax. Kids might be afraid to tell parents once they’ve broken minor rules, which makes it easier for unscrupulous people to blackmail kids and escalate the situation, so parents should be pro-active in this situation. Parents are encouraged to take precautions and warn kids in advance about the Blue Whale game app, or any game they find online that begins requiring them to take harmful, illegal or immoral actions.

Source: NY Post
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