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Blue Whale Challenge cases spill over
Despite the media awareness campaigns through articles and news stories, the Blue Whale Challenge related fatal and near-fatal incidents are on the rise. The latest fallouts of the challenge have been reported from Punjab and Rajasthan.

The media also informs that Google Trends report has shown that in recent months, India had recorded the highest number of searches in the world in respect of the Blue Whale and this July has shown the peak researches due to heightened curiosity about the challenge.

Consequent to the incident in Punjab, the counselling sessions in schools have instructed to advise teen age students to stay away from the dangerous online game that incites players to commit suicide as its final step.

In Jodhpur, a 17-year-old girl who had carved a 'Blue Whale' on her arm was rescued when she jumped at night into a local lake but was rescued by the policeman who was watching her driving around the lake on her scooter before she took the leap.

It is said that the game's administrator traps vulnerable children and entices them to take up 50 macabre dares that include cutting skin, isolating oneself, listening to disturbing and depressive songs, spending time in graveyards, watching horror movies and finally, jumping off a building or taking up other self-kill modes.

It is said the last challenge is almost a death verdict for the player in the form of killing oneself or watch someone close die.

Social psychologists are suggesting that parents should not place the computer in child's room but in the family space so that others can see what the child is watching and accessing on the internet as well as joining the child in exploring the virtual space together as part of family education. And, parents are being advised to increase the time to socialise and talk about ethical and safe online behaviour.

Social scientists say that one-shot school based counselling can never be effective. Rather, parents must get the family life education to attend to and bring up children well.

Some educators suggest the methods of teaching and curriculum should change. They suggest that from grades six to eight, half the curriculum should revolve around life-skills and other half should be content-based so that children can take rational decisions about their lives.

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