Dr. Dale Wisely on the viral news stories regarding the “Blue Whale Challenge.”
Update: I just searched news sites, looking for evidence of escalation of this phenomenon. I’m not finding much.
There is a story in Russia about a young girl who threw herself into a river after playing the “game”–she was rescued. A man in England whose young son died by suicide told press his son had been playing the game.
A 12-year-old in Mississippi has told her family and authorities that she participated the game.
It’s best to be tentative about this but while there is still reason to be concerned, it does appear that news reports about the game a faster viral phenomenon than the game itself.