A few months ago, parents were caught unawares by the deadly Blue Whale Challenge that left in its aftermath a spate of suicides by teenagers all over the world. In India too, we saw youngsters falling prey to the dangerous game that challenged troubled teens to push themselves to the brink and take their own lives.
Now, there’s another similar game called Pink Whale Challenge on the Internet that is making its rounds on social networking platforms, challenging youngsters to complete certain tasks. But there is a huge difference -- while the Blue Whale urged kids to harm themselves, the Pink Whale does exactly the opposite. It encourages them to feel good about themselves, build loving relationships with family and friends and make other people happy. Owing to its positive messages and refreshing outlook, the game has become popular on social networking sites, garnering thousands of followers.
At a time when low self-esteem and depression are driving many teens to try deadly games like Blue Whale, the new optimistic challenge comes as a breath of fresh air. After all, children who are low in confidence and self-worth may feel the need to fit into a group or be part of an activity, even though it is unsafe. This makes them vulnerable to dangerous behaviour, which in this case is the suicide challenge. That is why it is essential to have games like Pink Whale that motivates youngsters.
What’s the Pink Whale Challenge?
So what exactly is this game, which has caught the fancy of teenagers across the globe because of its message of love and happiness? According to reports, the Pink Whale game was created by a developer in Brazil to counter the effects of the Blue Whale game and has received appreciation and endorsement from the government there. The game is being promoted through a website called www.baleiarosa.com.br and through social networks. The app is also available for download on mobiles.
The game works like this -- just like Blue Whale, 50 challenges are presented to the participant, which are seemingly easy to accomplish.
The first few challenges include writing a warm message with a marker pen on the arm of person close to you; saying ‘I love you’ to a cherished member of your family; drawing a pink-coloured whale on a sheet of paper with a positive message and taking a picture of this to post on the Internet, writing something nice about yourself, standing in the middle of the road and shouting “I love myself”, forgiving someone or apologising for something you might have done and so on. The game concludes with the last challenge of helping someone in need, saving an animal or making a contribution to a cause. The message of the game is always upbeat and motivational for teenagers -- love yourself and spread happiness to others.
“Everyone should play the Pink Whale game and spread happiness, instead of encouraging depressing messages and dangerous activities. I’m glad someone has developed a positive challenge that helps people to be nice to others and themselves,” says 15-year-old Anusha, a student from Bangalore.
At a time when the world is witnessing a surge of hatred and violence towards fellow citizens and teenagers are often exposed to negativity on the Internet, the Pink Whale game hopes to bring back hope and cheer.