A Visit To A Seashore Can Make Kids Smarter

Raising Smarter Kids

Congratulations! There are many longing couples in this world who are waiting to get blessed with kids. Be grateful to the almighty.

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Can there be a Mother and Father who does not want their kids to be smart? Maybe a minimal percentage in the whole world. For all the parents who are trying to bring up their kids smart, here are few things in this post that will help.

Some studies show that an IQ of a kid depends on their genetics. This is the reason why some people say that a Man or a Women should be very careful when choosing their partner. It may be true.

But, I think if a person is looking only for a smarter partner, then I am sure that the probability of his or her name with the “Single” status is more and gonna stay for long. Maybe people with this mindset need to also understand that there is nobody in this world who is good at everything.

An imperative thing which all parents must not forget while shaping their kids to become smarter is this.

Average or Genius, every child is special.

This is a famous African quote “It Takes A Village To Raise A Child”. The basic meaning is that to bring up a kid is a communal effort.

Ha Ha Ha… They say it is a communal effort. How many of us witness the meaning of communal in our day to day fast life?

Maybe the above-mentioned proverb well suits for a joint family which was there in the olden days. Looking for a whole good responsible community is the rarest in the current world. So, it is a responsibility of the parents and the teachers of the kids to some extent nowadays.

Smart kids are the result of the great base provided by the parents through Parenting. But, there are parents who wish to spend more time with their kids but unable to do so due to their demanding profession.

Think about the parents who are there in these professions,

  • A Policeman
  • Pilots and Air hostess
  • A Soldier
  • Navy person
  • Train Drivers

This is where a Mother or the Father comes to rescue. But, to create smarter kids being a single mom or dad is not an easy job even though there are exceptions.

For the parents who fall under the above-mentioned category as well as for the others, there are few things here. Remembering and acting on these things can help us fill the gaps to some extent.

Things That Can Help Us Shape Our Kids Smart

  • Take your kids to a Seashore once in a month at least. Allow them to build castles in the sea sand.

– That’s one place you can find how creative a kid is. I was surprised to see my kid using the sea shells to make a design on the castle she had built.

– It gives the kid an option to think creative. All it requires is your presence and the fifty rupees worth sand toys.

  • Though difficult, try to spend time with your kids.

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  • Build a home library.

– When I say home library, it need not have books rack like the ones shown in the movies. A simple carton box with a partition can also act like one.

– It is not mandatory that you need to fill it with kids books. Start with your books first. Read them in their presence. Kids learn from us.

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  • Buy them books and read books for them daily if possible. Honestly, I am yet to cultivate this habit for my kid.
  • Teach the game of chess.

– If you do not know, then send them for a coaching. It sharpens their brain.

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  • Play with your kids. Especially, Roleplay games.

– The role-playing games don’t end in a “win” or a “lose”. It helps the kids to understand the importance of Teamwork and Cooperation without which the game cannot be much fun.

– Puzzles and Sudoku plays a major role in strengthening kids brain.

  • Buy a Piggy bank for them and make them drop at least one rupee coin daily.

– You can use that savings to buy some more books or anything that they prefer and keeps them happy. That way they get a motivation to repeat the same thing again. They will understand the meaning of saving better.

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  • Finger-painting: Wonder why kids in daycare centers and preschool are exposed to Finger-Painting? The new patterns and different textures they see helps the kids to open up their mind to new possibilities and various ways of solving problems.

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  • Painting: Do not worry about your monthly expenses on coloring pens and crayons. Painting brings in new and unfamiliar textures and colors that stimulate the kid’s brain.
  • Train them to play a musical instrument.

– Preferably a musical instrument or a type of music which they like. Music and Musical Instruments are known to improve hand-eye coordination, Mathematical skills, memory and their focus.

– This option might not be possible for smaller kids as some of the instruments need to be carried and also might hurt their fingers.

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  • Make them take part in extracurricular activities.

– Fancy Dress and Speech Competitions are not only fun but they provide the kids with great insights.

  • Take them to new places. Ensure that they meet a lot of people when you are around.

– The best way is not to miss family get-togethers not only within your relatives but also with your neighbors.

– If you are in an apartment, try to organize one so that you get to know people and your kids gets a chance to build their friends network.

– Their creativity gets enhanced when they play with many other kids.

Always remember this quote.

Behind Every Young Child, Who Believes In Himself / Herself Is A Parent Who Believed FirstMatthewljacobson.com

I will ensure that I update this article with more options if I come across any. But, if you have got something already do spend some time to let me know that via the comments section. I can update that also in the article which will help many other parents who gets a chance to read this post.

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Parenting vs Effective Parenting

Parenting – Is An Art

We all Parents are doing a great job in bringing up our little adults. Placing their life in front of our eyes we ensure that we provide everything which we find it to help them grow better. Eighty percent of the parents do think alike irrespective of their financial status. Because they know very well how important Parenting is.

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Thinking why I had placed a title as Parenting vs Effective Parenting when I say that we are doing a wonderful Parenting job already?

Yes, my dear friends. Parenting is very common but not Effective Parenting. An effective parenting is what is more vital to bring up kids of the current generation.

To shape our kids‘ life is not only the teacher’s responsibility but also the Parent’s too.

Parenting – What We All Do?

Keeping aside the regular pieces of stuff like providing food, shelter, clothing etc.

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  • It is good that most of us had understood the importance of learning while playing.
  • By knowing how competitive the world now is, we ensure that we give the best to our kids that will help the kids develop their skills.
  • We teach them the importance of studying.
  • Understood the need of extra curricular activities for their balanced growth. We exposed our kids to art, music, literature, and craft activities.
  • We know how to watch our kids activities to protect them when situations arise. For example, every parent is aware of the need for not allowing the kids lonely, especially with the gadgets.

But, are we sure that the regular parenting which we do help our kids in all the aspects?

This is where the difference comes from regular parenting and effective parenting.

Effective Parenting – Is Like A Modern Art.

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What All We Need To Do & Not To Do

  • Make our kids understand that intelligence is not always natural and it can be tweaked extraordinarily.
  • Respect the fact that the world now is different. Our kids won’t have the same lifestyle as we had as a child. Stay updated about the latest trends so you can help them better.
  • Help them understand the importance of reading books. For this, the parents need to read books first. Read books for them.

– Take them to a library. Let them see how it looks like. Teach them how to borrow books, allow them to manage their membership card.

– Ask the kid to narrate the story they read from the book. Ask questions.

– The last time I went to a library was when I was in my eighth standard. This may be the same case with many parents who are reading this post. We need to wake up first before we try to bring up our kids, friends.

  • Teach the Kids that Money Comes from Work.
  • Teach them how to make Money work for them instead of them working for money when they grow.

– For this, the parents need to understand things better. I would suggest you to read “Rich Dad And Poor Dad” for more insights. Trust me, you will love that book.

  • Mathematics is everything, it is gonna be required all their life.

– Encourage them to like mathematics. If you find them struggling, try different methods through which you can make them understand the problem so that they do not hate the subject. Because, once they hate, it is done already in a negative way.

Youtube can help us with various methods of solving a problem. With an easy as well as a tough approach.

– Speak to their Maths teacher and request them to help you in making your kid like Mathematics. That moment they will stop scolding the kid even if the kid could not solve a problem instead they will encourage more.

Motivation is the only thing needed. If it comes from the teacher the results would be great.

  • Introduce simple finance to them at home. Because schools teach only to excel in academics most of the time. Good understanding of Finance when they are young will help them a lot.
  • Sow the seeds of curiosity in their minds. Get them used to think about things instead of being targets of things.

– Fishes in an aquarium at home, for example, can ensure that your small kids stay focused.

– Board games like chess can be supportive here.

– Teach them origami (Japanese paper-folding).

Reason – It has got fixed instructions that end up being a little ambiguous. When it starts to get complicated, they have to fix their mistakes or think on how to prevent them. It has a major impact on improving their problem-solving abilities.

  • Do not teach them the smart way of doing things. Let them become hard worker first. They themselves will understand the difference between hard working and smart working when they grow older.

– Learning to do things via the regular approach is the base. Without knowing the harder way, one cannot find a smart and easier way.

  • Show them things by doing it yourself first at home.

– Try DIY videos on youtube when you have a need to buy a small furniture. By doing yourself in front of your kids, you give them more confidence on building things on their own.

– Stop looking for a plumber and electricians to handle smaller tasks at home when required. For example, we can very well change the electronic choke of the tube lights at home.

  • Praise them for their efforts and not for the result they had achieved.
  • Encourage them to build a friendship with others. The more friends they have the more ideas they get to hear.

– For this, you need to allow them to interact even with unknown kids in the public parks.

  • Intelligence without creativity and individuality is worthless. Allow them to experiment things.

– May be, we might need to spend money on painting the walls again to hide their drawings, but they learn more out of it.

– Do not save them from difficulty instead give them techniques to handle it on their own.

  • Allow them to choose their food from the menu card when you are at a restaurant as a family.

– By doing this you allow them to take ownership of things. If they like it they will order it next time if not they ignore. By this, they start taking decisions.

  • The more you speak to them the more knowledge they gain.

– Do not restrict them from asking questions. Let them ask whatever they want to. If you are unable to answer it due to their age factor, find a different way by tweaking your answer, but they should know the answer.

  • Sing when you are cooking/taking a shower, dance if you would like to dance at home. Let them know that you do not feel shy to do what you like when people are around at home.

– This way the kids won’t feel uncomfortable when they need to perform something in front of their class mates or a group. Stage fear will stop their progress if not plucked out from their minds in the early stages.

  • Taking care of the kids during the early age is good but ensure that you register them in a Preschool by Age 3. They will become very smart.

– For example, in western countries, parents allow their ten years old kids to sell Lemonades in small gatherings. This way the kids get to understand the money they had invested and the profit they gained.

– Do not limit your kids’ options by asking this question, ” Would you like to become a doctor or an engineer?” The world is full of opportunities.

  • Allow them to follow their passions but guide them to achieve great results on their passions.
  • Do not get scared and scare the kids too when they catch hold of insects like Cockroach or similar insects which are not harmful. Let them touch and feel the well-known puppies near your house. Ensure that you stay beside.

– In Japan, they teach kids about Insects too in schools via Insects lab. Kids in Japan know what are the insects which are harmful and unharmful.

Thank You to Mr. Raman, my neighbor friend who shared the above mentioned valuable information with me.
  • Teach them failure is good. The more they fail the closer they are towards success. Teach them.
  • Educate them on preserving natural sources and energies. We are done almost. They are just starting their lives.
  • Be an example, show care to others. They learn from us. Appreciate them when they show empathy and emotional intelligence.
  • A smart kid is best raised by him or her self. As a part of parenting, just sow the seeds of self-discipline and delayed gratification. Everything else will follow.
  • Expose them to music. Allow them to even just bang on kitchen utensils made of stainless steel or any non-fragile items. A music has its benefits irrespective of the place from where it comes from.

Musical training is holistic and develops a wide range of important skills, such as speech, mathematics, and reading skills.

  • Help them learn at least two languages as early as possible. Both music and language create neural pathways that enhance learning of all kinds later on.
  • Never advance your kids at school even if the school find the kid to be very smart and eligible for advanced classes. That will just do damage to their maturity level.
  • Never tell them that they are smart. Instead, tell them that they have high potential and teach them to work hard to attain that potential.
  • Do not expect your kid to be a perfectionist. It is not gonna take them anywhere. Look at the mirror, we can understand that we are not perfect either even at this age.
  • Eat healthily and exercise regularly so that they understand the importance of exercise and being healthy.
  • Teach kids the value of Time. Finland is on top in Education not only because of their teachers but also because of the Parents.

– Parents in Finland value education and ensures that their children will be on time, will be prepared for class and will not be disruptive.

  • Be patient. It is a Process. Keep moving forward in shaping them for a better life.

Happy Effective Parenting!

References:

Study: Music really does make kids smarter

You might have come across videos in WhatsApp regarding how do they educate kids in Finland. Here it is for you.

Top 10 Reasons FINLAND Has the World’s Best SCHOOL SYSTEM

Learning to Teach in Practice: Finland’s Teacher Training Schools

I saw it on WhatsApp: The Way of Finland Education

Is YouTube The Virtual Babysitter Of Today’s Kids?

YouTube – The Virtual Babysitter:

With most of us owning a smart TV and a high-speed fiber optic broadband connection, streaming of videos is not a difficult task. YouTube, the video sharing website created by three former PayPal employees had almost become a great companion in today’s homes. Though every family has got a High Definition (HD) or a Standard Definition (SD) DTH boxes, it is YouTube to which most of us are inclined to.

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It is undeniable that with YouTube, we get to know a lot of information that happens around the world. Want to try some new type of Cooking, DIY’s – Do It Yourself, Movie Trailers what not, we hit YouTube for everything.

YouTube brings anything and everything visually to most of us. Starting from an earthquake in Japan to a chicken that gets out of an egg shell for the first time in some rural part of the world.

All these being said, we also need to agree to the fact that most of us parents 75 percent of the times rely on YouTube to engage kids. By turning YouTube app ON in our smart TV or in our cell phone we try to make our kids stay occupied. Sometimes for their advantage but most of the times for our benefits so that the kids do not trouble us when we are on to a task.

YouTube Has Everything:

It has got the video contents that are appropriate as well as inappropriate for a kid. Remember, the current generation grasps things much faster than us. In short time, they will get to know about everything irrespective of whether it is good or bad.When the above mentioned being the situation, are we not speeding up the process further?

Yes, especially by making them watch videos on YouTube or similar sites we are not helping them instead making a path for them to get to know about everything. I am very sure that every parent of the current generation would have faced a question from their kids for which they could not answer. It is not that we do not know the answer but that question, as well as its answer, is not appropriate for the kid. The kids show interest only to watch the cartoons and nothing else. But, how efficient the software or the applications are to identify the user and provide appropriate contents?

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How do kids get exposed to all the contents even when the parental control is ‘ON’?

I do not think that we have an answer for it. We all know that there are Human Intelligence Tasks that a software cannot handle. This is the best example I can quote on why we cannot fully rely on an application or a software we use. It is true that with the mental pressures at work and personal things, we parents lose most of our energy by the time we reach home.

How many of us have got time to spend with our kids after reaching home?

Even if we find some time, I am sure that we will not be having the patience to handle things related to the kids. So, we parents are almost in a spot where we are left with no options other than to rely on applications like YouTube. The only thing to which we can focus now is on how to create a safe and kid friendly environment for the kids by choosing an application wisely.

YouTube Kids (aka) YT Kids:

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An application created explicitly for the kids. I do not know about it for long. Hence, sharing information about it for similar other friends and readers of this post. YouTube kids application is available for download in Google Play and App Store. Please do spend some time by going through the Parental Guide link provided on the site for better understanding.

Awesome, we had now got a thought of installing YT kids on our cell phones to protect our kids from getting exposed to unwanted contents.

What about the movies which we show to them?

YouTube is not the only way through which a kid gets information. Here is where we parents need to understand certain things better. For example, the film certificates.

How many of us really know the meaning of each certificate that gets displayed at a start of a movie?

Few of us overlook things like this most of the times. Most of the time we just ensure that the rating is not ‘A’. But, it does not mean that the kids can watch the films that are with other ratings.

Please be informed that when it comes to India, it is Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) who provides the certificate for a film.

The Ratings:

In India, the film ratings have got 4 main categories as shown below.

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  • U (Unrestricted Public Exhibition)

– Films that fall into this category are Family Friendly.

  • U/A (Parental Guidance for children below the age of 12 years)

– Films that fall into this category are not Family Friendly as they can contain themes that are not appropriate for the kids. For example, violence, fights, abusive languages, kissing scenes etc.

  • A (Restricted to adults)

– This category is not for the Kids.

  • S (Restricted to any special class of persons)

– Films under this category are not for Public. They are for Engineers, Doctors, Scientists, etc. with an explicit permission to watch those films.

The other ratings like V/U, V/UA, V/A are used for video releases. They carry the same meanings as U, U/A and A mentioned above.

These ratings are not applicable for the friends who are residing outside India. Each country has got their own way of rating a film.

Example:

Australia is considered by many as one of the most restrictive countries in film ratings of all Western democratic countries. For country specific details on the film certifications and ratings, please refer to the link mentioned below.

Hope you liked the post and found it to be informative. Now, join me on building a better future for our kids.

References:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_censorship

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motion_picture_content_rating_system

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Board_of_Film_Certification

Things To Do Before & After Registering Our Kids At A School

Things To Do Before & After registering our kids at school:

As you know already, this is not the actual start of the article about kids. If you happen to land here directly and wanted to read the initial part of the article “Child Abuse – Are Our Kids Really Safe?”, please click this link.

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The First & Foremost:

Stop searching in Google with the terms like “Best schools in Chennai” or “Top 10 schools in Bangalore/Hyderabad/Delhi” etc.

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Here Comes The Rest:

1. Remember, not always the big old school’s are good and secure and at the same time no newly started schools are bad.

2. Don’t limit yourselves to check only about the school’s academic syllabus and extracurricular activities alone.  – Safety of our kids is the first mandatory thing which we all need to check.

3. It’s the parent’s duty to air appropriate questions during the parent’s teachers meeting especially about that new staff your ward tells about.

4. Most of the schools invite the parents once in a month to meet their kids class teachers.

– This is not just for you to speak about the kid’s performance in class but also to raise if there are any concerns about your kid’s behavior once they are back home. This way you can isolate the issue based on the teacher’s comments.

5. Most of the schools provide transport facility but there are some schools who don’t provide where a private vendor comes into the picture.

– Always ensure that the vehicles used by the vendor to pick and drop the kids are well maintained and from a licensed firm.

– Do not fail to check whether the drivers who are employed by the firm are backed by a thorough background check.

– Always ensure that your kids are traveling in a van or bus driven by the same driver. It’s better to know about the backup driver and the helper who takes care of the kids during the commute.

6. Request the school management/transport vendor to install the automatic GPS facility in the school bus/van and link it to a mobile app.

– With that, you can track the near real time information about your kids when they are on the road while going and returning from school.

7. If you are unable to convince the management or the vendor to get the GPS installed in their vehicle, buy a GPS device enabled school bag for smaller kids and a separate GPS device for the teens so that they can carry with them when they are away.

– You can find these devices online just to have an idea before investing.

8. Most of the schools have got their own app and websites through which they notify the parents about any changes in the school routines.

– Ensure that we upgrade the school app whenever there is an update. If you are thinking about the memory issue on your smartphone then it’s wise you uninstall non-mandatory apps like Whatsapp, Facebook and similar etc which occupies most our phones memory space with unimportant audio and video files.

9. Ensure that you update your new address, cell number, and secondary cell or landline number at school when there is a change.

– Ask for a new identity card from school with an updated details in it. It won’t cost you more than 100 rupees normally.

10. It is a norm to have an information about the blood group and emergency contact numbers in the kid’s ID card.

– If you find that information missing reach the school authorities to get that added.

11. Check if your kids class teacher is comfortable to share his/her cell number with you. If he/she is okay please save her number and at the same time ensure that the class teacher has your cell number too for emergencies.

– The school would be having your details but still. Call them only on an appropriate time and only when there is an important information to convey. Remember they play a vital in your kid growth.

12. If your kid is involved in sports she might need to stay back after school for practice. Please ensure that you or your spouse or someone else who is reliable is available on the ground or premise at least 10 minutes before the completion of the session.

– This point applies not only to the sports at the school ground but also when we send our kids for all extra curricular activities including the singing, dancing, drawing, and chess etc.

13. Never rely on the school premises, security or anyone else and be late.

– If you can’t make it on time please ask someone reliable person from home to be available for the kid.

What TO DO at home with our kids:

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1. Speak to them to understand them better.

2. Ensure that the kid is comfortable sharing all information with at least one person at home either to Mother or Father. Both of them is most recommended.

3. Always teach them on how to react to strangers irrespective of the place where they are.

4. As a Parent, it’s our responsibility to make them understand the parts of their body.

– Make them understand about the inappropriate touches and how to react to those.

5. Always give them courage. Teach them on how to be strong and brave.

6. Support them and ensure that they feel comfortable to share any information with you at home.

7. When our kids were small we use to enjoy seeing them dance and make poses which were funny but that’s not recommended once they are above 4 years old.

8. Always keep them engaged and teach them on how to identify what is good and what is bad.

9. Teach them the appropriate postures while standing, sitting etc.

10. Make them feel more secure at home than other places.

11. Help them understand who is their immediate family and who comes under relatives and who falls under the family friends category. All these are very important.

12. Teach them on how to react when their name has been called by an unknown person and on how to react at the time of crisis.

13. Make them remember the parent’s cell number at least to tell someone. A kid who is 5 years old can very well remember a cell phone number if not the address.

14. Teach them not to accept things and food items from strangers.

15. Teach them good behaviors and moral.

16. Involve them in religious things and bring them up on godliness.

– Because certain things are beyond human’s control.

17. Consider that Advisory logo which is being shown at the start of any television show or a movie before allowing them to watch. Not every scene shown is appropriate for the kid.

18. Inspire them always and get to know about their friends.

19. Teach them on how to be safe when they are away from home. Suggest them to close the restroom door when they are in.

20. Teach them on how to raise an alert when they experience something unusual.

– Yes, just ask them to shout in such a way that someone can hear. 

21. Read books for them, they gain more knowledge from it. They might be able to use the tactic which they had heard from the story at the time when required.

22. If you’re a parent of a boy child, teach them on how to treat and respect the opposite gender.

Molestation is not something where only the girl child becomes a victim. Almost all the points discussed in this post are valid for both the male as well as the female kid. Remember, child abuse is not based on gender.

What NOT TO DO at home with our kids:

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1. Never quarrel in front of them. We all lose temper but try to handle it better.

2. Never make them feel inferior and low.

3. Never allow them to be glued to TV and Internet videos.

4. Never leave them to stay alone even when you are going to terrace to grab something.

5. Never ask them to go alone to the terrace and to the neighbor’s house to get something.

–  Especially, when you are residing in an apartment you won’t even be able to locate them on time. Remember, time is precious and most of the child abuse complaints nowadays are reported when the kids are at home and its surroundings.

6. Never let them stay alone in the children play area at your apartment unless you have got a clear view of the kid’s presence.

 – You do not know when the parent of the other kid would go back to their home. It’s your responsibility to take care of your kid and not theirs. 

7. Never fail to listen to what your kids say.

8. Never fail to look for them in case if you don’t hear their noise. No place is safe nowadays, be it your home or parking lots or anywhere.

To bring up a kid in our current society is not like how it was in the olden days.

Always pray for your kid’s safety & well being because that’s the only thing on which we can rely.

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Blue Whale Challenge – Is It A Rumor?

Blue Whale Challenge or Game is one of the most hyped or spoken name in recent times at least in India. But, how many of us know whether the existence of this challenge is true or it’s a hoax?

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Yes, there are no proofs until now that confirms an existence of this Blue Whale Challenge. Some people say that it is a fake and there is no such a game or challenge.

But, without a fire there cannot be a smoke right?

An apple a day keeps the doctor away is a well known old slogan. A task a day drives your life away is the new slogan that well suits this Blue Whale Challenge.

The Blue Whale Challenge or the game became visible in the year 2013. Originated from Russia, it had already traveled to the countries like the United Kingdom, the United States of America and now got some traction in India too.

What Does This Game Do?

The Blue Whale Challenge feeds on curiosity. A whale that had reached the shore and unable to return back to the sea is the scenario based on which this stupid game has been developed. Now you know how this game has got the name Blue Whale Challenge right?

With 50 tasks lined up with an ascending difficulty level, it concentrates on the kids who are on their adolescent stage and teenagers. To be very specific, they focus on the kids who are going through depression and harrowing times.

By driving them to a spot from where they cannot return easily back to a normal life, the challenge provider assigns them some idiotic 50 ridiculous tasks. These tasks ensure that it pushes the person who takes up the challenge to death at the end of the tasks that is at the 50th.

If a person realizes that the challenges are becoming insane and want to quit, there comes the threat from the admin. They threaten the people as they have all the information about the subscriber acquired from the handsets or computers.

In general, I hope you know that we share most of the information stored in our phones to an unknown person every time we install an App. For example, I can quote the Uber App here.

Are you getting curious about the challenges? You can google it to get to know more.

The Creator Alias The Psychopath:

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Philipp Budeikin is the person who had invented this Blue Whale Challenge. A psychology student aged 22 who expelled out of the college is now in a prison sentenced for three years. The reason for him in the prison is the death of few Russian teens who played the Blue Whale Challenge. He is inactive but not the others related to the development of the game. They all now play the role of a Mentor or an Administrator for those who are willing to take part in the Blue Whale Challenge.

An Untraceable:

This is not an application that we can download from Google store or an App store. It is possible to install the application on an android phone or a personal computer only via an invite.

Who sends an invite to play the challenge is still unknown. But, it is understandable that they focus on specific people based on their activity over the internet and their willingness to play.

Is it possible to know about someone’s interest indirectly?

Yes, it is. The Social Networking platforms and Analytics play a major role besides like minded contacts.

As I said they concentrate on the people who are depressed and lonely. The posts we share and the comments we maintain on our profiles can reveal information about our situation and mindset. The analytics on your internet activities summed up can generate a pattern. This pattern can tell people on what is that running in your mind. There are a lot of software’s in the market which can do this analyzing job.

I had found some news online saying that the Indian IT ministry had requested social networking sites to remove the paths which lead people to try out this sickening challenge. But, I am not sure about how genuine the information is. The government can only help blocking the links but not the people who share the Blue Whale Challenge invite as they are Untraceable.

For The Parents:

With the smart phones in most of the kid’s hands nowadays, how are we gonna ensure that our kids don’t fall into this trap?

It is high time that we adapt to new methods or ways to bring up a kid in a society with full of new unhealthy things.

Here are some of the top points to remember.

  • Never leave the kids to stay alone at home if possible, especially with the smart phones and personal computers for more duration.
  • Ensure that we create a space and time for them to share what they think and going through. How friendly we are to our kid’s matters a lot here.
  • Get to know your kid’s friends. Keep some time to meet their teachers at least once in a month.
  • Spend time with them. At least one if not both the parents.
  • Ensure that you block unwanted links and enable parental control when you give your handset to them.
  • Educate them about the spying apps and similar applications like this Blue Whale Challenge.
  • Your kid owns a smartphone or a personal computer?

Spend few hundred rupees to get some good internet security/antivirus software like Kaspersky, McAfee etc. They control the spam/untrusted websites out of the sight.

  • If we find the search terms like F57, F40, wake up at 4:20 am game download etc in the search bar of the web browser then it is time for the parents to react quick.
  • Get them involved in physical activities like weekend cycling, swimming etc instead of cell phones.
  • Ensure that you are in your kid’s friends list on their social networking accounts.
  • Spend time to review what they share, comment, post etc online.

For The Teens & Kids:

Do you think spending time and feeding your curiosity via games like Blue Whale Challenge worthy?

No, my dear brothers and sisters. Your small curiosity on unwanted applications like Blue Whale Challenge might take you to a grave.

Remember These Please!

  • Think not just twice or thrice, instead think few more times too before taking the worst step in your life. Nothing is more important than your life, parents and your dependents.
  • If you are unable to decide and still got an urge to get involved in the Blue Whale Challenge, speak to your parents. They are the best counselors at home.
  • If you feel depressed and confused about some thing, open up about it to your teachers if you would like to.
  • Prevent your friends who are very much excited and speak a lot about the Blue Whale Challenge from falling into the trap.
  • Say to yourself again and again that some thing which drives people to commit suicide is not a game or a challenge.
  • Do not share disturbing videos and photos related to Blue Whale Challenge or anything similar in social media. By doing this we unknowingly advertise about it a lot and increase curiosity in others too.
  • Be mindful of what you post, comment, share especially when it is about you. Remember that our comments, profile pictures etc can provide great clues about what we are up to.
  • If you want to kill time, get yourself involved in physical activities like hitting the gym, sports etc.
  • Watch more motivational movies, instead of movies that fall under category horror. Listen to good and energetic music instead of sad tunes.
  • Do not install unwanted apps and software. Restrict yourself from watching disturbing videos.
  • Always remember how much your parents suffer or go through to bring you up.

Never forget that,

You are their everything, their dream, and their life.

Cheers.