This is so heartbreaking. A warning has been sent out to parents about a ‘game’ teenagers might be playing, during which they’re encouraged to commit suicide in order to win. Teenagers across the globe are reportedly committing suicide as part of a dangerous internet game called the Blue Whale Challenge.
A family from San Antonio is grieving the loss of their youngest child, a 15-year-old boy was a soon-to-be sophomore who just joined the ROTC program at his high school.
Isaiah Gonzalez, 15 year old, a recent victim of a dangerous internet game called the Blue Whale Challenge. Gonzalez’s father, Jorge, stepped into his son’s bedroom in their San Antonio home. Isaiah was dead, hanging from the closet, an apparent suicide. Next to his body was a cellphone propped up on a shoe, broadcasting the suicide, according to reports from KSAT.
Participants of the game are reportedly assigned challenges that put their lives at risk, and they’re asked to complete all of them in 50 days. Challenges include watching a horror movie, dangling off a roof, and they eventually lead to one final challenge of committing suicide, according to the school letters that were recently sent around. The app also reportedly “hacks into personal information that administrators use to threaten the player’s family or releases personal information until the player kills themselves,” according to reports.
A spokesperson with Voices for Children of San Antonio tells us parents should be communicating with their children about their digital and online life, as well as monitoring their social media accounts.
Some things to look out for:
- Are they spending more time online or on devices?’
- Look for signs of isolation.
- Look for any loss of interest.
- Watch for changes in behavior or personality.
Experts also said parents should understand that while their children are very smart, their emotional development doesn’t always match up with their intellectual or academic development.
It’s important for families to address mental health and get the necessary care when needed.