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October 4, 2022

IntMin Dan: Worrisome ‘Blue Whale’ phenomenon; no link yet between game and recent cases

Interior Minister Carmen Dan expressed on Tuesday her deep concern with regard to the Blue Whale game, specifying though, that the ministry hasn’t established a cause-effect relationship between the game and the cases the authorities have been confronting with.

“I, for one – and I am convinced that not only me – am very worried about this phenomenon. We haven’t established a link between this game and the cases that we have encountered. My very strong recommendation is that parents and educators, together, because we are also referring to the educational environment, focus and carefully supervise our children and pupils’ behaviour because, here we are, it is a phenomenon that already worries us, ” declared Carmen Dan at the Parliament Palace.

The minister revealed that psychologists in schools can closely observe children’s behaviour and asserts that it is very important that they intervene whenever changes are noticed.

“I urge parents to follow up very carefully what happens because, it is obvious today, everybody is connected virtually, but it is good that we know what is going on. I do not think shutting down the Facebook account is a solution, but I think close monitoring is necessary. We are trying to establish a link between this game and the cases that we are faced with. I hope these are isolated phenomena,” added Carmen Dan.

The 11-year old child in Cazaci, Dambovita County, who committed suicide on Monday told school colleagues that he was playing ‘Blue Whale’, argued the police officers who carried out research in this case.

Police took the child’s phone and computer in order to examine them.

“The investigations established that the pupil who committed suicide was telling colleagues that he was playing a game. There is no certainty that it was the game that led to his death. The two phones and computer the child used were taken and the necessary examination will be carried out. Parents declared they did not know the boy was playing the respective game,” the spokesman of Dambovita County Police Inspectorate (IPJ), Alexandra Niculaie, stated on Tuesday for AGERPRES.

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