What parents need to know about the dangerous 'Blue Whale Challenge'
An Alabama school system is warning parents about a potentially deadly game called the "Blue Whale Challenge" or "Blue Whale Game."
The Baldwin County Public School System warned parents about the game on their Facebook page Tuesday.
According to a social worker with the school system, it's been introduced on two high school campuses there already.
It's a challenge to harm yourself for 50 days, resulting in suicide. Teenagers are supposed to tag each other on social media, primarily SnapChat, and then challenge each other to play.
The student then downloads the Blue Whale app, which hacks into their personal information and cannot be deleted. The app originators then threaten the teenagers with harm to their families or releasing of personal information until they kill themselves.
If you or someone you know is battling depression or has thoughts of suicide, you're urged to call the 24 hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
The school system says the game originated in Russia.