**Kendrapada: ** Amid the lurking danger and threat to precious lives of gullible children and teenagers unleashed by the dreadful and fatal Blue Whale Game Challenge, a massive awareness campaign against this killer online game has been launched in this coastal district of Odisha.
In the wake of the Odisha Government’s advisory as well as the Odisha Director General of Police (DGP)’s circular issued across the State, Bhagabatpur Gram Panchayat (GP) in the district organised such an awareness camp at Balia Government High School on Tuesday.
Bhagabatpur sarpanch Chittaranjan Behera said, “Initially I was careless about it. When I noticed that the Blue Whale Game has unleashed a terror these days and I came to know that such a shocking incident has happened in Mangalpur, it all at once dawn on me about the safety and security of our children here. For that reason we have launched this awareness programme. Today’s awareness camp was joined by the students of Balia UP School, Balia Government High School and DIET. While Sadar PS IIC, Kendrapada BDO, DIET Principal, our Samiti Member graced the occasion as guests, the Headmaster and teachers extended their full cooperation.”
In her reactions after the camp, Class X student Damayanti Bhadra in her reactions said, “From this awareness programme we came to know that we shouldn’t use smartphone nor social media like Facebook and others as they are having an adverse effect on the children. We’ll make aware all our friends against this game. If we discover any one of our friends or juniors having fallen prey to this killer game, we’ll desist them and simultaneously alert their parents and family members.”
Sadar Police Station IIC Sujit Kumar Pradhan informed media, “Today (Tuesday) here at the Balia Government High School we organised an awareness camp against Blue Whale Game Challenge. This menace has seriously been viral now. In accordance with the circular issued by Odisha DGP, we organised this awareness camp against the dreadful online game. Very shortly we are going to conduct another meeting with the teachers and parents also.”
Kendrapada BDO Kishore Chandra Swain remarked, “The programme was a successful one as it had a very good attendance and response by both the students and parents. The advisory issued by the State Government was presented by the IIC. Other speakers also explained in detail against the Blue Whale Game menace. The parents need to be made more aware than the students because there is no need to provide mobile phone sets to small children. Mobile phone should be used only as a means of communication. It mustn’t be misused.”