Raising Awareness of a Concerning Online Social Media Challenge

Raising Awareness of a Concerning Online Social Media Challenge

Geoff Turner-Moore of the Devon and Cornwall Police Team has asked TCC to make the community aware of an online social media challenge currently circulating called the Blue Whale Challenge. Messages are being sent to youths/vulnerable people in the Camelford area requesting their personal information and then different challenges are set over the course on 50 days. These challenges include watching scary movies, waking at certain times of night, engraving a whale into your skin, putting your head under water until you pass out. At the end of the 50 days you are told to commit suicide. If challenges are not complied with they threaten to release your personal information and threaten to kill you and your family. This challenge is being circulated on TikTok and Instagram.

Please be vigilant and ensure your young people are protected from such dangerous and highly inappropriate online challenges.

For more information about how to keep children safe online, please visits the TCC e-safety page, which has link to a range of useful websites: http://www.torpoint.cornwall.sch.uk/e-safety/

If you have any concerns regarding online safety, please let myself or designated safeguarding lead, Becky Lear, know.

Mr C Pease