The Momo Challenge reportedly started on Facebook where members were “challenged” to communicate with an unknown number. It allegedly involves challenges that encourage children to engage in a series of violent acts that end with suicide.
The project, which started in September last year, is being headed by faculty in-charge Professor Ponnurangam Kumaraguru.
The project would be using Artificial Intelligence-based techniques such as machine learning which throws open other options to developers such as natural language processing, social net analysis and information retrieval to collect cues from social media, the professor said,
IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that social media platforms must remove dangerous online games like Blue Whale challenge from their services.
The Blue Whale Challenge is supposedly a suicide game where the participant has to complete a task every day, for a period of 50 days, the final task of which is committing suicide. A number of teen suicides across India has been attributed to the ‘deadly’ game.
The Supreme Court said channels must spread awareness about the hazardous impact of the game through the programme.
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra also sought the government’s response on a plea seeking to firewall similar games like Choking game, Salt and Ice Challenge, Fire Challenge, Cutting challenge, Eyeball challenge and Human Embroidery game
School principal Kamlesh Kumar said the institute had been advising students about the ill-effects of the game in morning prayer sessions. He said the children were also being counselled on the matter.
We are going towards individualism and independence. The reason is we no longer are able to monitor our children or have time for them; children also dislike questioning and interference.
“We are urging the parents to monitor what games their wards are playing on the mobile. In the school as well if we get any information about any child even talking about this deadly game , the counsellor is immediately asked to counsel that child and the child’s parents are alerted too,” Harsimran Kaur said.
The ‘suicide game’ has its origins in Russia where many a ‘death group’ — provoking users to carry out some dangerous tasks — were spotted in 2013 and now the trend has travelled across the world, including India.
Advisories have been issued about the online game but ignorance is still widespread
Even as 10 of Karan’s classmates at DAV Senior Secondary School in Sector 8, Chandigarh, were found hooked to the game, the UT Administration made no effort to ask children how they had got into the game, to check the links they used, and understand how it works
Talking to Chandigarh Newsline, Inspector Harinder Sekhon said, “This Blue Whale game could be a hoax. When I asked the child, he told me he had received a pop-up link on Facebook…But when I did that, I found they are all hyperlinks to some other sites, including some pornographic sites.”
A Class VIII student of the Shivalik Public School narrated to child rights panel members how he helped his friend come out of the Blue Whale challenge.