A Warning for Rockford Parents About the ‘Blue Whale Challenge’
As a parent, I'd like to think that I've learned a lot over the years; most days I'm pretty confident that I'm a lot smarter than my kid and in most cases "mother knows best."
With that said, I have to admit that I can still be pretty naive, especially when it comes to what I think my son is capable of. We all want to believe that our kids "know better" and "it won't happen to them;" but it does and it can.
Yesterday, I read a story about a 19-year-old college kid from Penn State who died after falling down a flight of stairs during a hazing ritual for a fraternity he was pledging; immediately I thought of my son, Tanner, and reached out to him to let him know I was so thankful that nothing happened to him when he was pledging his fraternity.
That's why I'm sharing this next story with you. The saying goes, "See something, say something;" and when I saw this warning about the Blue Whale App and the dangers your kids face if they download it, I knew it had to be shared.
Before I do, I wanted to make sure it was real, and after checking several news sources I came across several articles on the "Blue Whale Challege;" WKRG reports:
This is an app that kids all over the country...and the world are downloading that dare children to do a dangerous task everyday, for 50 days, with the final dare ending in suicide.
KENS 5 did this piece to verify the story, too.
While there hasn't been any reports of related suicides here in the states, it's important to educate your child about the dangers of some of the things they may be seeing or doing online.
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