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DSA Dialogue - Concept Note

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Mission: Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: To endeavour, to create… “One World- One Family”
Maha Upanishad Chapter 6, Verse 72

Vision: To offer a global interactive platform for dialogue, debate and discussions to avoid confusion, contention and conflict for a world of peace, harmony and prosperity.

The appreciation and applauds received from the readers of Defence and Security Alert magazine from around the world have inspired the conception of "DSA Dialogue", an online interactive platform with an objective to develop a community which influences change and is value packed with analyses on paradigm shifts in defence, security, safety, surveillance and international relations. We envision DSA Dialogue as the most sought after forum for the Defence, Police and Paramilitary Forces, Coast Guards, Intelligence agencies, Corporates, Think Tanks, Defence and Security Industry, Airlines, Hotels, Critical Infrastructure and establishments in India and around the world. DSA Dialogue is a daily pulpit to share your knowledge by discussing topics which resonate with global scenarios in defence, security and international relations.

We invite experts and analysts from the entire spectrum of ‘defence’, ‘security’ and ‘international relations’ to initiate enthusiastic conversations and discussions that generate new ideas, unlock hidden insights, create an engrossing outlet of thoughts and make a difference for creating a more aware, safe and secure world for all of us and our coming generations. DSA Dialogue is a great way to get feedback on an idea that you want to develop further. Having a different view and some constructive criticism is invaluable in building a global recognition for your novel idea or unique perspective.

Happy Brainstorming!

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Blue Whale Challenge?

 

The Blue Whale challenge, an online game reported to have caused a wave of suicides in Russia and elsewhere, is difficult to track and hunt down

The Blue Whale challenge is difficult to track and hunt down. There is nothing much the government or police can do to stop the spread of the Blue Whale challenge.

Moreover, since the players share their personal phone numbers and email addresses, the developers keep using different psychological tactics to get them back by sending mails and messages.

I personally suggest that need of vigilance and awareness among parents, rather than blaming the game which is almost impossible to stop. As parents, we have to restrict the user access with various parental control apps and also have to check his or her (child) mobile device on regular basis. As we teach them what is wrong and what is right same way we have to literate all kids regarding the cyber and social media. We are lacking behind in this part as parents and education system. School and colleges also can contribute along with parents, awareness programs have to arrange with parents and kids. Prevention is better than cure.

WHAT IS BLUE WHALE CHALLENGE?

Players reportedly follow a series of instructions on social media over 50 days. It starts with watching a scary movie and escalates to extremes, including self-harm. On the 50th day, the participant is told to commit suicide.

“The game has caused deaths across the world and people believe it originated in Russia, developers of this game using their servers in China or Russia and through chat groups or gaming forums, circulate the link amongst the teenagers who are already suffering from suicidal tendencies and brainwash them into harming themselves and take their life.

WHAT'S THE RISK? Self-harm, viewing and creating inappropriate content

ADVICE: Internet Matters urges parents to talk to their children about online trends and chat to them regularly about what games their friends are talking about and warn them about peer pressure online. Devices should be set up to stop children finding self-harm sites and images.

The Touch My Body Challenge

WHAT IS IT? One person is blindfolded while a second player makes them touch a part of their body and guess which it is. Participants often end up being forced to touch another person's private body parts, all the time being filmed. Videos of the challenge have been widely shared online in the past fortnight.

WHAT'S THE RISK? Sharing of inappropriate content

ADVICE: Talk to your child about the game and ask them if they have ever seen any Touch My Body Challenges or have ever been asked to take part.

Stress that once something is online, it is extremely difficult to get removed. Urge your child to apply the "T-shirt test" when it comes to sharing images, pictures or videos to friends. Would you wear it on your T-shirt? If not, then don't send it.

Explicit content can spread very quickly and affect your child's reputation at school and in their community, both now and in the future. It could also affect their education and employment prospects.

Deodorant Challenge

WHAT IS IT? Also known as the Aerosol Challenge, this is a disturbing endurance game where teenagers film themselves spraying deodorant a few inches from their skin to see who can endure the pain the longest. The challenge has been known to leave children with horrific burns. Parents have spoken out against the craze on social media.

 

WHAT'S THE RISK? Peer pressure, physical injury.

ADVICE: Have a conversation with your child and find out if they have heard of the challenge or if they know of anyone who has taken part.

Talk to them about resisting peer pressure. Remind them of the physical damage this challenge can cause to their body. Also, have a sensible conversation about the emotional damage posting something like this online can have, especially when they are older, as it can never be removed.

The Pass-out Challenge (Space Monkey or Choking Game)

WHAT IS IT? This gained popularity last year, when children were filmed deliberately choking themselves to the point where they passed out in an attempt to reach a euphoric high.

ADVICE: Before they are given access to social media, have a conversation with your child about dangerous trends and urge them to talk to you or a trusted adult if they hear about or see anything worrying.

Talk to your child in a relaxed setting so they don't feel they are being interrogated.
Look for signs of the challenge, including bruises on their neck or bloodshot eyes.
If you have concerns that your child's friends may be taking part in a dangerous trend, alert their school.

Snapchat Streaks

WHAT IS IT? A Snapstreak is achieved when two people send Snaps back and forth on Snapchat for a consecutive number of days.

So for example, if you have sent 250 Snaps to each other, your streak count will be 250. To keep a streak going, you have to send a Snap back to that friend every 24 hours. Miss a day and you lose your Snapstreak count for good.

There are a number of online petitions from teenagers urging Snapchat to let them get their streak count back as it has become a tool for evaluating their friendships. They think if they do not have a good Snapstreak count with someone, it tells others they're not good friends.


WHAT'S THE RISK? Parents have complained it has led to cyber bullying if their child was responsible for losing the Snapstreak, and excessive screen time.

ADVICE: Talk to your child about relationships and stress that popularity cannot be measured by an arbitrary number. Remind them an app should not be responsible for their self-esteem or determine who their real friends are.

The Salt and Ice Challenge

WHAT IS IT? This craze had resurgence earlier this year. Youngsters place the salt on their skin followed by an ice cube. The salt reduces the temperature of the ice to as low as -26C, which has resulted in horrific burns, similar to frostbite. Similarly to the Aerosol Challenge, youngsters are filmed doing the challenge to see who can last the longest and outdo their peers.

Complete List Of Blue Whale Challenges

1. Carve with a razor "f57" on your hand, send a photo to the curator.

2. Wake up at 4.20 a.m. and watch psychedelic and scary videos that curator sends you.

3. Cut your arm with a razor along your veins, but not too deep, only 3 cuts, send a photo to the curator.

4. Draw a whale on a sheet of paper, send a photo to curator.

5. If you are ready to "become a whale", carve "YES" on your leg. If not, cut yourself many times (punish yourself).

6. Task with a cipher.

7. Carve "f40" on your hand, send a photo to curator.

8. Type "#i_am_whale" in your VKontakte status.

9. You have to overcome your fear.

10. Wake up at 4:20 a.m. and go to a roof (the higher the better)

11. Carve a whale on your hand with a razor, send a photo to curator.

12. Watch psychedelic and horror videos all day.

13. Listen to music that "they" (curators) send you.

14. Cut your lip.

15. Poke your hand with a needle many times

16. Do something painful to yourself, make yourself sick.

17. Go to the highest roof you can find, stand on the edge for some time.

18. Go to a bridge, stand on the edge.

19. Climb up a crane or at least try to do it

20. The curator checks if you are trustworthy.

21. Have a talk "with a whale" (with another player like you or with a curator) in Skype.

22. Go to a roof and sit on the edge with your legs dangling.

23. Another task with a cipher.

24. Secret task.

25. Have a meeting with a "whale."

26. The curator tells you the date of your death and you have to accept it.

27. Wake up at 4:20 a.m. and go to rails (visit any railroad that you can find).

28. Don't talk to anyone all day.

29. Make a vow that "you're a whale."

30-49. Every day you wake up at 4:20am, watch horror videos, listen to music that "they" send you, make 1 cut on your body per day, talk "to a whale."

 

50. Jump off a high building. Take your life.

 
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