It starts with something as simple as being asked to watch a horror film. Before you know it, though, the moderator behind your social media challenge makes a 180-degree turn and demands that you start cutting yourself and etching images into your skin.
Threats pour in, too: if you don’t finish the challenge, something even worse could happen to you. But the final task of all is beyond any threat that a person behind a keyboard could make. You have to take your own life in order to complete the Blue Whale game.
This is the social media challenge that is now being taken up around the world, leaving shock, despair, sadness and unanswered questions in its wake. As it makes more headlines, more people want to see what the Blue Whale challenge is like. And doing so can lead even the most resilient of people down a slippery slope.