双语新闻 School district warns parents of game encouraging teens to commit suicide
We're taking a look at the latest challenge that has social media buzzing. It's a bizarre and possibly dangerous game most popular with teenagers.
The game is called the "Blue Whale Challenge" or "Blue Whale Game." There are reports the game is responsible for teens committing suicide.
游戏的名字是"Blue Whale Challenge" 或者 "Blue Whale Game"，有报道称它会诱导青少年自杀。
The Blue Whale game is disturbing to say the least. It's a challenge to harm yourself for 50 days, resulting in suicide. Teenagers are supposed to tag each other on social media and then challenge each other to play.
On Tuesday, Baldwin County Public School System in Alabama posted a warning to their Facebook page, telling parents about the potentially deadly game.
A social worker with the school system says two high school students may have already been exposed.
According to the post, the game was created in Russia.
The challenge is believed to have resulted in deaths both in Russia and in Spain, but we cannot independently verify those reports.
A quick Instagram search using the hashtag, blue whale challenge, prompts a message saying, "the posts related to this tag often encourage behavior that can lead to harm and death." Instagram offers support for those in need.
使用标签“blue whale challenge,”快速搜索Instagram会有提示信息说，该标签下的贴文经常会鼓励造成伤害和死亡的行为。
But is the Blue Whale Challenge threatening our youth here on the First Coast?
We reached out to Duval County Schools. In an email, a rep says they are not aware of any incidents involving the Blue Whale Challenge. St. John's County schools said the same.
我们走访了Duval County 的部分学校，在一封邮件的回复中说，他们没关注过蓝鲸挑战相关的事件。圣约翰的学校也同样表示。
Clay County and Putnam County schools say they are looking into it.
Clay County 和Putnam County的学习表示正在对此进行调查。
We talked to Jim Clark, CEO and licensed social worker with Daniel Kids in Jacksonville.
"It's the third leading cause of death and we've seen an up tick in Northeast Florida in the last couple of years," Clark says.
Last year, 155,000 children attempted to take their lives.
As to why the trend is happening, Clark says there could be several reasons.
"There's an uptick in weapons," Clark says. "Forty-five percent of adolescent suicides are done by a firearm."
In recent years, youth are being exposed to bullying around the clock.
"No only are they bullying on the playground but they are bullying online," Clark adds.
The recent release of the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" about a teen who commits suicide, has prompted several school districts to either ban the series or encourage parents to speak to their children about the show.
Clark says contrary to popular belief, talking to your child about suicide does not encourage them to commit suicide.
"As long as there's a conversation involved," he says. "One of the things that's been proven to increase suicide, especially in adolescents, is the Romanizing of the subject...parents should have a conversation."
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