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Deadly Online Games Put the Youngsters at a Bigger Risk!

Although online gaming can provide quality social interaction but there is a darker side to it. From cyberbullying to online predators to hidden costs, there are many concerns when it comes to playing video games online. It is easy  to underestimate the threat posed by deadly online games such as the “Blue Whale Challenge” or “The Choking Game” given the popularity of the online games and their effects amongst the youth: thanks to the social media giants. Deadly Online Games Put the Youngsters at a Bigger Risk!

Although gaming is highly addictive but most of us have come to accept it as a bit of harmless fun.  People used to have the preception that the chances of anything going wrong during such games would perhaps be minimal. Until the last few years, the biggest threat to players of online games was the potential to meet dangerous strangers. There was always the risk of dangerous individuals who might take advantage of innocents. However, there are deadly threats to gamers these days.

Deadly Online Games Put the Youngsters at a Bigger Risk!

Game designers, for the sake of more success, have started to push the limit by inventing new challenges that can potentially play with the lives of players. This week, a college in Punjab’s Jhelum district expelled two young women who had injuries on their arms while playing the Blue Whale challenge: known as a suicide game that contains 50-odd tasks. Three other individuals who played the game in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa survived the challenge but were mentally and physically scarred by it.

There is no outcome of banning this game since it is not downloaded as an app or service. One possible way to stop it from causing harm is getting  admins of the game especially those who monitor hashtags to establish contact with these players through social media channels and talk them out of it. On a broader level, parents and guardians need to play a more proactive role and engage with troubled youngsters before they harm themselves.

Although online gaming has many positive aspects. It has become a major source of entertainment, developed new industries and sources of revenue, and introduced new uses of the human imagination to millions of people. But it is crucial to know and guard against the
risks associated with the internet gaming world to keep it safe and enjoyable for all.

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