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Posted at: Sep 13, 2017, 12:53 AM; last updated: Sep 13, 2017, 12:53 AM (IST)

No awareness drive on Blue Whale game

No awareness drive on Blue Whale game

Tribune News Service

Solan, September 12

Notwithstanding emergence of a case of a class VI student engaged in playing the fatal Blue Whale game emerging in the town, the authorities were yet to address the problem effectively. This was especially so as more such cases could emerge where students were playing this game either on the cell phones of their friends or the cyber cafes in the town.

Police officials have stepped up their efforts to make the cyber café owners accountable for children spending hours in such places by seeking reasons for their visit and demanding their identity proof. This was supposed to act as a deterrent to check such children who opted to play the game for fun.

While teachers from various schools who interacted with The Tribune were not sure if the case of a class VI student who had inflicted injuries due to this game was a genuine case, they said many other factors could have led to the child causing injuries and this game could not be singled out.

A section of teachers on the condition of anonymity said since there were no instructions from the CBSE or the HP State Education Board to undertake any specific awareness campaign pertaining to this game , they had not begun any such activity in their institute. They were not aware of the advisory issued by the state police.

While blaming the parents for failing to monitor the activities of their children, some teachers felt as no such net surfing was allowed in the schools the onus of protecting the children lay largely on the parents.

SP, Cyber Crime, Sandeep Dhawal, who had recently issued an advisory, said parents had the most crucial task in monitoring the net related activities of their children and even the school teachers were supposed to monitor the net usage related activities of the children in the labs. He said issues like monitoring the child’s search history and looking for signs of depressive behavior or sudden changes were noticeable changes which the parents could not miss. He said examining the child’s messages on the cell phones were all part of the precautions which have been issued in the advisory which the parents should monitor.


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