Blue Whale game: Pakistani experts warn parents of repercussions

ISLAMABAD:  The Blue Whale game related incidents reported in Peshawar on Wednesday are an eye opener for the authorities concerned that they cannot remain indifferent to the threat posed by this suicidal contest.

Dr Sheraz, Head of Computer Science Department of FederalUrdu University, said the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and the Cyber Crime Control Wing of Fedral Investigation Agency (FIA)had a great role to play to take precautionary steps to counter these threats.

They should evolve strict policies which must be enforced to control unwanted sites or links, he added.

A PTA official, when contacted, said no case pertaining to such online game had been reported so far.

“We are working on the policies to tackle such issues”, he said.

According to Dr Aysha Saeed, Head of Sociology Department of Quaid-e-Azam Universty, active participation from every segment of the society was required to counter such threats.

Parents, however, should be more cautious about their children while using Internet, she told Associated Press of Pakistan.

Because of communication gap with parents, children using social media were more vulnerable to the games and apps that could be injurious to them, she added.

She advised the parents to be vigilant and keep an eye on the activities of their kids and give sufficient time in order to save them from such threats.

Highlighting the role of educational institutions, Dr Ayesha said students must be engaged in extra-curricular activities to improve their mental and physical health.

She said the excessive use of electronic gadgets, especially Internet connected, in earlier age was lethal.

It was told at a seminar in the United States that Pakistan topped the list with the highest number of teens having access to mobile phones, which was astonishing for her, she said.

National Institute of Psychology (NIP) Director Prof Anila Kamal said today’s youth was more prone to the such type of threats due to socio-economic crises.

Financial unrest, unemployment and parents priorities other than their children were major factors which might lead the youth to involve in “bad activities”, she added.

The lethal game, which has taken lives of some 130 youngsters across the globe since its introduction by a Russian student in 2013,has recently made inroads in Pakistan, creating panic among parents.

Stories about the game have been circulating on social media for the last two months bewaring the people of its effects on the youth playing games on Internet.

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