What Parents Need to Know About the “Blue Whale” Suicide Challenge

– May 15, 2017

With all the ways technology can shape our kids’ lives these days, it can be hard to keep up with the latest trends, verbiage and “hip” new thing (cue embarrassed eye roll that I used the word “hip”).

But school districts across the country are warning parents of a new “game” that could actually leave kids dead.

The “Blue Whale Challenge,” also called the “Blue Whale game,” and “F57,” is a “game” that investigators believe to have started in Russia, and has been the cause of multiple teen deaths by suicide.

It challenges players—teens and tweens—to tag each other on social media (primarily Snapchat). Once tagged, they’re in the game.

Challenges start with fear-inducing tasks like watching horror films all day long, or waking up in the middle of the night; but quickly escalate to tasks of self-harm, or the harming of others. Eventually, the final task on the 50th day is suicide—ending the game and their lives.