Dear Parents and Guardians,
As a College we have a duty of care to protect our pupils and we are striving to do all we can to ensure that you are given the latest information to help safeguard our young people.
Whilst I was in the United Kingdom at Easter my attention was directed to a game that I feel you should be aware of. The game appears under several names including ‘The Blue Whale Game‘, ‘A Silent House‘, ‘A Sea of Whale‘ and ‘Wake Me Up at 2.40a.m.’ It is played on many social media applications.
Players are given a Master who controls them for 50 days and each day they are given a task to complete. Theses tasks include waking up in the middle of the night and also scratching a whale or other objects somewhere on their body. These task steadily escalate until the 50th day when the Master behind the game instructs the young person to commit suicide. I have to report that, sadly, many young people in the United Kingdom, Russia and other countries throughout the world have fallen victim.
As a College we have blocked all of the sites on our computers so that pupils are not able to access them, these include Facebook and Twitter.
Parents not only need to be aware of this but need to monitor much more closely sites their wards are using on the internet, including their mobile phones. Whilst the internet can be used for good it can also be used for evil, as in this case.
Please continue to support us in our duty of care and in keeping all our young people safe.
Chief (Dr) Roy K. Lillyman
Principal and CEO