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News - Blue Whale Game : West Bengal Education Minister instructs schools to ban cell phones

After reports of increasing suicide cases surfaced, Partha Chatterjee, West Bengal Education Minister has directed all schools in the state to ensure that students do not carry mobile phones in classes. It was observed that several school children in the state were falling victim to the deadly Blue Whale Challenge. It's an online game which gives you 50 tasks to complete. In order to win the game, the last task i.e 'suicide' has to be committed.

Prohibition against the Blue Whale challenge :

According to News18 report, Partha Chatterjee asked school authorities to strictly follow the instruction and stressed that parents should also be informed to keep a close watch on their children to prevent any mishap.

In an event, Public Library Day, organised by the Department of Mass Education and Library Sciences, he told, "There are allegations of a number of students getting victimised by the Blue Whale game across the state. It is a matter of concern for us. Schools and the authorities should be on alert."
"The Blue Whale game should be stopped immediately. We have asked the schools to ban mobile phones for students inside schools premises," he also added.

Safe internet usage :

Partha Chatterjee said that 25 government schools in Kolkata have been identified where UNICEF will conduct workshops regarding use of "safe Internet" by school children. "The workshop will be conducted in a few private schools as well," he said.

The government schools selected for workshop include Hindu School, Jodhpur Park School and Binodini Girls. Students of nearby schools will also be asked to attend. Some ICSE schools will also hold a sensitisation workshop on online gaming and internet addiction, covering around 200 schools in the state.

Source: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/education/

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