Parents voice concerns about potentially deadly Blue Whale Challenge
DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - A new warning for parents about a potentially deadly game called the Blue Whale Challenge.
The game originated in Russia, urging teens to harm themselves for 50 days, resulting in suicide.
Kids are supposed to tag others using apps like Snapchat and Instagram.
It's also rumored that there's a Blue Whale app where creators hack into your information then threaten you until you kill yourself.
“That is intimidation and it's using social media to do it,” Suicide prevention advocate Lucy Marlatt said.
Marlatt said it's a form of cyberbullying, saying you need to discuss the challenge with your kids.
“It has to be talked about and be in the open,” Marlatt said.
She said suicide is important to talk about it and you need to know the signs.
“They can look for change in appetite, change in sleeping, change in grades,” Marlatt said.
Renita Peyton has a teenage son and is already taking her own precautions to help him avoid the Blue Whale Challenge.
“I have his password to his phone and all his social media sites,” Peyton said.
Experts say she's doing the right thing, but control is just one part of her plan.
“I hope I've instilled that in him where he can come to me in any circumstances, especially if something like that were going on,” Peyton said.