THIS is what kids/teenagers/adults are doing to themselves in trying to fulfil all the challenges of the #BlueWhaleGame 😢😢😢
A scree grab of the #BlueWhale online game
The man behind an online game called #BlueWhale that provokes children to commit suicide has stated that he is “cleansing society”. While not available in South Africa at this time, the game has made international headlines in recent days, and has a number of local organisations, including the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) concerned according to EWN.
The lethal game invented by #PhilippBudeikin involves brainwashing vulnerable teenagers over a period of 50 days, urging them to complete tasks from watching horror movies to waking up at strange hours, and self harming.
Eventually exhausted and confused, they are told to commit suicide, and it is feared in Russia that dozens have done so at the bidding of Budeikin or other 'mentors'.
#Budeikin, from #Russia, is being held on charges of inciting at least 130 schoolgirls to kill themselves after they took part in his ‘game’.
The 21-year-old has apparently confessed to his crimes, telling police he sees his victims as “biological waste” and that he was “cleansing society” of the girls, who he claims were “happy to die”. “They were dying happy. I was giving them what they didn’t have in real life: warmth, understanding, connections…There are people – and there is biological waste. Those who do not represent any value for society. I was cleaning our society of such people.” #CathyChambers from #SADAG told #EWN that while they are aware of the Blue Whale game and monitoring the situation to see if any cases are reported in South Africa, parents should be aware of what their children download. "It is very concerning but I think for a parent it is really a time now that we can prepare if it [the game] does hit the shores. Again we also have to remember that this is online, so parents have a bit more control here as to what access their children have." #Russian prison authorities say they have received dozens of love letters from teenage girls for the suspect at notorious #Krestyjail in #StPetersburg