SCHOOLS in Basildon have sent letters home warning parents about an online game which could encourage their children to self-harm or commit suicide.
At least two local schools – Greensted Junior School and Woodlands School – have warned parents about the alleged online craze.
Some online reports have suggested that young people have died as a result of playing the ’Blue Whale Game’.
Children are reportedly assigned a ’virtual master’ who sets them a dare to complete every day for 50 days, escalating in severity until they are dared to carve blue whales into their bodies and later take their own lives.
Fact-checking website Snopes, which scrutinises news stories, had concluded the reports are ’unproven’ but a letter sent home by Woodlands School said staff had been informed about the alleged game by police.
The YA contacted Essex Police two days ago to check whether it had issued a warning to all schools but a spokesman said this morning that they had not yet been able to track down any department which had issued any advice on the game.