The Supreme Court has directed the Chief Secretaries of all states to issue directions to make school children aware of the dangers posed by virtual dare games like Blue Whale Challenge.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also asked the Union Human Resources Development Ministry to issue a circular to make school-going children aware of the perils of such dangerous games.
“The beauty of life is not to meet with the beauty of death, but to keep death away,” the bench said. It also added that “parental care, concern, love, instilling a sense of optimism in children” will keep them away from searching such games.
The bench’s observation came on a PIL that had sought framing of guidelines to regulate online digital games.
The court also said that the state governments, while issuing advisory, should keep in mind the CBSE’s guidelines on “Safe and Effective Use of Internet and Digital Technologies in Schools and School Busses”.
They also advise the school authorities take steps to pre-empt any inappropriate or illegal activity through IT- enabled devices in schools.
Attorney General K K Venugopal and Additional Solicitor General P S Narasimha, appearing for the Centre, apprised the court about the interim report of a committee, which was set to enquire into recent cases of suicides of children who allegedly got trapped and played the Blue Whale Game.
The ASG said the Blue Whale Challenge Game was shared among secretive group on social media networks and players cannot stop playing once they start and it ends on the 50th day, leading the player to commit suicide.
He also explained that the Blue Whale game has no formal application and it does not contain internet protocol or URL address which are required to block or remove it.
Senior advocate Vijay Hansaria, who appeared for advocate Sneha Kalita who had filed the PIL, said a dedicated team of scientists be constituted to suggest technical solutions against such gaming.
The court allowed Hansaria to suggest names of such scientists to the government for their inclusion in the panel, besides giving suggestions to curb the menace of such games.
On October 27, the apex court had asked Doordarshan to produce a 10-minute educational show on the perils of virtual dare games.
The Centre had said that around 28 cases relating to such games have been reported so far in the country and the agencies were probing them.
(With inputs from PTI)