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Wake of rising Blue Whale challenge victims Odisha police has circular press release

Cuttack:6/9/17; In the wake of rising Blue Whale challenge victims in Odisha, DGP RP Sharma took a review of issues related to the game following which he issued detailed guidelines to all district SPs to tackle the menace with advisory for parents, teachers and police officers in the state.

A review of case studies related to the Blue Whale game revealed certain signs and symptoms noticed in the behavioral pattern of victims of this online game which the parents and teachers should take note of:

Stops interacting with family and friends

Often talks about running away from home or even death

Changes eating and/or sleeping habits

Signs of depression

Spending too much of time on his / her phone

Begun to look sad or lonely

Started to lock his / her room

Hurt marks on his / her arms or thighs

Suddenly started watching horror movies or psychedelic thrillers

Putting strange updates on his / her social media pages

Started spending time on terrace alone

Justifies the act of children who are committing suicide

Shows sudden outburst of anger

Loses interest in activities that they used to enjoy earlier

 GUIDELINES FOR POLICE:

IICs / OICs have been instructed to convene meeting with Principals / Heads of Schools & Colleges and appraise them the dangers associated with the lethal online game “The Blue Whale Challenge”.

The Heads of the Educational Institutions shall be requested to convene Parents-Teachers Meeting to sensitize the parents and make Awareness Campaign amongthe students in their educational institutions.

IICs / OICs have been instructed to quickly respond to the reports / incidents associated with the lethal online game “The Blue Whale Challenge.

To take immediate steps in identifying the links / mobile based applications / web based applications containing Blue Whale Challenge game and furnish the same to CID Crime Branch for taking prompt steps in removing those links from internet.

IICs / OICs have been instructed to conduct frequent checking at Cyber Café and their computer systems for availability of any link / website (from Internet Search History) pertaining to various online games like: Blue Whale Challenge, A Quiet House, A Silent House, A Sea of Whales, Wake Me Up at 4:20 am and take immediate steps in removing of those links & formatting of those computer systems.

 ROLE OF PARENTS:

If the teenagers are seemingly lost, lonely and depressed, parents must take serious and immediate action to get them involved socially in the real world and divert their mind by providing activities or giving them something new to learn.

Do not interrogate your child. Instead engage in a friendly discussion.

If you see any attempt of self-harm, go straight to a psychiatrist instead of a physician.

Make sure that your child has access to age appropriate online sites which do not promote unethical behavior or violence.

Always ensure that your child accesses internet from a computer placed in the family space.

Talk to your child more often. Explore the online world together and engage in interesting activities demonstrating ethical and safe online behavior.

Be a role model to your child. Be conscious of your own online activities.

Teach your kids not to share their personal information on the Internet.

Talk to other parents, share concerns if any and discuss best ways to help your children.

Keep yourself updated with recent internet phenomena.

Observe your child’s behavior closely. Be alert to any unusual changes like moodiness, less or no communication, lack of interest in studies and falling grades.

If you notice any such changes, closely monitor his/her online activities, talk to school authorities or consult a child psychologist.

If you find out that your child is already playing the Blue Whale Challenge, immediately stop him/her from using the internet from any devices& counsel.

Let them know that they can talk to you about anything wrong they see or come across online.

Help them understand that strangers in real life are no different from strangers on the Internet.

Caution them against joining any groups that ask them to perform undesirable tasks.

Consider giving your children phones that they can use for just calling and texting.

 ROLE OF TEACHERS:

Teachers need to keep an eye on falling grades and social behavior of the students.

They need to monitor the behavior of each and every child.

They should look for anti-social behavior, they should personally talk to such children who don’t interact with the other children much or are aloof.

If they observe something that may seem suspicious or alarming, they should inform the school authorities immediately.

They should ensure that children are sensitized about the pros and cons of the internet from time to time

About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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