Make kids aware of dangers of games like Blue Whale Challenge, SC tells states

The Supreme Court on Monday directed the chief secretaries of all states to create awareness among teachers, parents and schoolchildren about the dangers posed by virtual dare games like the Blue Whale Challenge.

A three-judge bench presided over by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also asked the Union Human Resources Development Ministry to issue a circular to make schoolchildren aware of the perils of such games.

"The beauty of life is not to meet with the beauty of death, but to keep death away," the bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said, adding that "parental care, concern, love and instilling a sense of optimism in children" will keep them away from such games.

"We direct all the chief secretaries of the states to issue directions to the departments concerned to make children aware of the dangers of games like Blue Whale Challenge," the bench said, and disposed of two PILs that had sought framing of guidelines to regulate online digital games.

The court also asked the states to keep in mind the CBSE's guidelines on 'Safe and Effective Use of Internet and Digital Technologies in Schools and School Buses'.

Attorney General K K Venugopal and Additional Solicitor General P S Narasimha, appearing for the Centre, apprised the court of the interim report of a committee which was set up to enquire into the recent suicides of children who allegedly got trapped in the Blue Whale game.

Venugopal said a high-level meeting was convened at which senior scientists and police officers have taken certain decisions, including setting up a monitoring cell to keep a watch on such programmes and block those sites. A high-level committee would investigate all cases of suicides and attempted suicides, the law officer said.

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