This latest social media craze is potentially deadly to little ones. Find out about this terrible 'game' and how to keep your child safe.
We live in a scary world where certain sick people are constantly on the lookout to harm the most innocent members of society - our children.
The latest, dangerous 'game' that is drawing kids into its deathly grasp is created to look like a harmless prank modelled on the popular animated series 'Winx Club: School of Witches'.
This sick new social media craze originating from Russia, and known as the Fire Fairy game, encourages children -- especially little girls -- to turn on the stove gas ring in the middle of the night, promising them that they will become 'fire fairies' if they do so, according to news sources.
An innocent victim
Five-year-old Sofia was left with severe burns covering her body after turning on the gas oven in her home to play this deadly 'game'.
According to sources, the post says:
"At midnight, when everyone is asleep, get out of your bed and go around the room three times. Then say the magic words: ‘Alfey kingdom, sweet little fairies, give me the power, I’m asking you’.
"Then go to the kitchen silently, so no one notices you or the magic of the words will disappear. Switch on the gas stove – all four burners – but do not light it. You don’t want to get burns, do you? Then go to sleep.
"The magic gas will come to you, you will breathe it while sleeping and in the morning, when you wake up, say 'Thank you Alfeya, I’ve become a fairy'. And you will become a real fairy of fire."
The game also reportedly instructs children playing it to: “Go to the kitchen silently, so no one notices you or the magic of the words will disappear."
This disgusting 'game' came to light recently after Russian police received complaints from parents.
State investigator Irina Minina warned: 'It could be some kind of 'suicide game'. We are searching for those who are spreading these messages.'
Meanwhile, the company called Rainbow which is responsible for the Winx Club brand on social media in Russia, reportedly made the following statement:
“Rainbow deeply regrets the distribution of material, which apparently contains instructions for committing suicide and uses Winx Club characters.
“The company Rainbow, which products are aimed at promoting the values of kindness in children, is shocked by such cynical materials apparently aimed at causing harm to children.”
Keep your kids safe, virtually
The Internet is becoming an increasingly scary place, full of dark, sinister corners that we known nothing about until stories like this emerge.
What's most alarming is that as parents, we are finding it so much more difficult to protect our tech-savvy little ones from such dangers.
But there are a few things you can do to ensure your child's safety online:
- Very young kids ideally should not have access to the Internet. If they must, then ensure it is adult-supervised.
- Place the computer your child uses in a common area of the house, such as the living room.
- Your child should never give out personal details such as their name, age or address to people they meet online.
- Likewise, they should not be chatting to strangers on the Internet.
- Parents should stay abreast of the latest social media/online crazes so they can protect their children if needed.
- Encourage open channels of communication between you and your child from very early on, so if something disturbs him online, he feels comfortable enough to tell you.
- As soon as your child is old enough, teach them about the risks of the Internet and how to stay safe while browsing.
- All passwords should also be known by you and under no circumstances is your child to reveal these to anyone.
We hope this article serves as an eye-opener and warning to all parents and helps you keep your child safe.
Republished with permission from: theAsianparent Singapore
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