Create Awareness Among School Kids On 'Blue Whale Challenge': Supreme Court To States
Supreme Court today directed all state governments to make school children aware of the dangers posed by virtual dare games like Blue Whale Challenge.
Education | Edited by Shihabudeen Kunju S | Updated: Nov 20, 2017 4:57 pm IST | Source: NDTV
According to Press Trust of India, a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said school-going children should be made aware about the "beauty of life" and the dangers posed by games like 'Blue Whale'.
The court also directed the Chief Secretaries of all states and Union Human Resources Ministry to take necessary steps in this regard.
It told the Chief Secretaries of all states to ask the secretaries of the concerned departments to take steps in this regard.
The Supreme Court bench also directed the HRD ministry to take requisite steps to inform all schools in the country about the ill-effects of such games.
Saying that parents have the "primary duty" to ensure that children don't get "trapped in such games", the court observed that it was incumbent upon parents to "instil a sense of optimism and give love and affection" to such children.
In October this year, the court had also said that the state-run broadcaster Doordarshan and private TV channels must use prime time slots to spread awareness about the deadly game.
The bench today disposed of the petition filed by lawyer Sneha Kalita seeking framing of guidelines to regulate and monitor virtual digital games like Blue Whale and other life- threatening online games.
The court had also asked the government to set up a panel of experts to block virtual dare games like Blue Whale Challenge which has allegedly led to several suicidal deaths, reported PTI.
After 'Blue Whale', a macabre game that has been blamed for over 100 deaths across the world, caused fear and anxiety among parents, many state governments, school education boards and schools put out lists of guidelines to raise awareness about the twisted game and also urged parents to keep a strict check on their children's online activities.
Meanwhile, the Centre today told the apex court that it is not possible to block online games like the 'Blue Whale Challenge' as they are not app-based games.
(With Inputs from PTI)
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