Social media can be a scary place. Your children may be subject to unwanted attention from adults, inappropriate text messages or requests for pictures from peers, cyberbullying, and exposure to an infinite amount of inappropriate images and videos.
However, a highly disturbing trend across Europe and now the United States is actually costing preteens and teens their life.
It’s called the “Blue Whale Challenge”, also known as “A Silent House,” “A Sea Of Whales,” and “Wake Me Up At 4:20am.” It is a 50-day challenge that includes an increasingly more disturbing task to be performed each day and reported to a ‘curator.’ Each task is meant to demonstrate their commitment to the game and include watching horror movies, making vows, and carving words or images into their bodies.
On the final day, the player is told to end their own lives.
This is what happened to Isaiah Gonzalez, a 15-year-old boy from Texas who was the first American teenager to take his own life after completing the challenge in July. His parents say they saw no warning signs that their son would do anything like this before he hung himself in his closet and broadcast it live on social media.
Heavy.com reports that teens find the “curators” by using certain hashtags on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, such as #i_am_whale #curatorfindme #iamawhale and #f57. Searching these hashtags on any social media network turns up a disturbing number of results.
Have you heard about the BLUE WHALE CHALLENGE that is urging kids to commit suicide? Over 130 children have lost their lives to this evil suicide game!! TUNE IN NOW to hear from the first American victim’s family regarding what happened on Saturday – July 8, 2017. DON'T LET YOUR KIDS BE NEXT!Hollywood Insider – Episode 24: Blue Whale Challenge claims life of vibrant 15 year old Isaiah Gonzalez. Know what to watch out for!HELPFUL LINKSBlue Whale Challenge – 5 top facts you need to know! http://heavy.com/news/2017/07/blue-whale-challenge-game-how-to-play-50-tasks-vkontakte/First reported story of Isaiah’s death: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/07/11/texas-family-says-teen-killed-himself-in-macabre-blue-whale-online-challenge-thats-alarming-schools/?utm_term=.589754b969fdSan Antonio local news coverage: http://www.kens5.com/news/local/san-antonio-teens-death-blamed-on-blue-whale-challenge/455950592Video of the victims of Blue Whale Challenge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vHOLTTEZ9oGo Fund Me page for Isaiah Gonzalez (DONATE NOW): https://www.gofundme.com/isaiah-gonzalez-funeralAmerican Foundation for Suicide Prevention (DONATE NOW!): https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=155870To get help with suicide issues text the word HOME to the number 741741 (National Suicide Hotline)CONNECT WITH THE GONZALEZ FAMILYFacebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JorgeAngelaGonzalezCONNECT WITH TINA MARIEWebsite: https://counterculturemom.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CounterCultureMom/Twitter: http://twitter.com/TinaMGriffinYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/tinagriffinpopcultureexpertInstagram: http://instagram.com/TinaMGriffinPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/hollywoodXposed/To catch our future episodes of Hollywood Insider, LIKE our Counter Culture Mom Facebook page and click on "following" and then choose "see first" so you will be notified when the show is LIVE! Join the Crusade here: https://www.facebook.com/CounterCultureMom/Join other concerned parents and sign up for the POP CULTURE ALERT TEXTING SERVICE. Get a text on your phone with the URGENT alert of the week. https://counterculturemom.lpages.co/pca-vs1/Receive our weekly Counter Culture Mom newsletter via email: http://eepurl.com/cnTwaHWant Tina to come share her HOLLYWOOD EXPOSED message at your school, festival or upcoming event? click here: https://counterculturemom.com/inquiry-form/Tina Marie Griffin #counterculturemom #hollywoodinsider Counter Culture Mom #iamawhale #bluewhale #bluewhalechallenge #curatorfindme Angela Cantu Gonzalez #suicide
Posted by Tina Griffin, Counter Culture Mom on Thursday, October 5, 2017
Tina the Counter Culture Mom recently spoke with the Gonzalez family to bring awareness to this devastating trend, which has already taken hundreds of lives across the globe in recent years.
It is unclear who is behind it although the man who claims to have begun the challenge was arrested in Russia last year according to Wikipedia.
If your teenagers are using social media independently, you need to be seriously concerned about this game. Children are getting sucked in and caught up in the challenges, some seemingly unaware of just how far they will go.
Trigger warning. So if that comes to you, know that it is happening and that you are not the only one. Don't jump into the game for the sake of *just trying it* A man in Pakistan has been reported to be seeking help after he just tried it for the fun of it. Contact for help if you need it. This is serious. #bluewhalechallenge #bluewhalegame #suicide
Monitor your children’s social media usage, talk to them, and do whatever else you might need to to protect them from the dangers of social media. You might feel the need to respect their privacy–but is their privacy more important than their lives??
Here are some of the links Tina provides so that you can educate yourself and protect your family from this horrifying trend:
Blue Whale Challenge – 5 top facts you need to know! http://heavy.com/…/blue-whale-challenge-game-how-to-play-5…/
First reported story of Isaiah’s death: https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/texas-family-says-teen-k…/…
Video of the victims of Blue Whale Challenge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vHOLTTEZ9o
Go Fund Me page for Isaiah Gonzalez (DONATE NOW): https://www.gofundme.com/isaiah-gonzalez-funeral
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (DONATENOW!): https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm…