Last Updated on 10th December 2021
You may have seen recent media reports about the re-emergence of online viral challenges. We monitor these closely to make sure our network has the information they need to protect children and young people online. In the last few weeks, we have seen reports of a reappearance of the Blue Whale Challenge.
What is the Blue Whale Challenge?
Reports claim it involves 50 challenges over 50 days which get progressively dangerous. At the time of writing, there are no substantiated claims that young people are participating. Details of the challenge are loosely reported in the media without fact, raising fears among parents and safeguarding professionals.
The Blue Whale Challenge is one of many viral challenges which can re-appear. However, not all challenges are negative. Some can be fun or used to raise money for charity or raise awareness on important issues like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
Here is what you need to know:
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