12 May 2017, Centurion. The Film and Publication Board (FPB) urges parents to be vigilant and closely monitor their children’s online activities especially the games they download and play on the App stores.  The FPB has been made aware of a suicide game named “Blue Whale”, which also goes by the names “A Silent House”; A Sea of Whale” or “Wake me up at 4:20am”.

According to reports, the game is a 59 days challenge that encourages self-mutilation, and on the 50th day it asks the player to commit suicide to claim the ultimate winner prize.  Reports also claim that once the App is downloaded it can’t be deleted from the devise.

choices for themselves and children in their care; to protect children from exposure to disturbing and harmful material and from premature exposure to adult experiences, and to make the use of children in, and the exposure of children to pornography, punishable.

Paramount to the mandate of the FPB is the protection of children. Protecting children under the Act is a proportional balancing of the rights afforded in the South African Constitution and Bill of Rights against the right of the child. The protection of children as enshrined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights includes physical, mental, emotional, spiritual or moral harm to be protected from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation. It further ensures that children’s best interest are of paramount importance in every matter concerning a child.

For more information contact:

Miss Manala Botolo

Assistant Manager Communications and Public Education

email: manala.botolo@fpb.org.za

Cell:  082 860 6748

Tel:   012 003 1400

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