Student Safety Concern: Blue Whale Challenge Social Media Game

Last Updated on May 26, 2017 at 2:27pm |

Dear GCPS Parents/Guardians;

The school system wants to bring your attention to an internet social media “game” called the “Blue Whale Challenge” which has also been referred to as “A Silent House”, “Sea of Whales”, “F57” or “F-57”. Other “games” similar to the “Blue Whale Challenge” have also been reported. The “game” is targeted toward vulnerable pre-teens to young adults and presents a series of  “challenges” which allow for various means of blackmailing the student and their family, directing them to self-harm and to finally commit suicide. Please see the Pupil Services webpage (https://garrettcountyschools.org/pupil-services) for more information and suggestions to keep students safe.  The information is provided by the Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Network (SPIN). 

Please contact your school’s counselor should you have any further questions or concerns about your child as related to these social media “games”.  If you do have concerns about your child and self harm and suicide, contact your school counselor, a mental health therapist or psychologist, or for an emergency, call 911.