Grieving Father Of A 15-Year-Old Boy Warns Other Parents About This 'Dark' Online Game That Killed His Son

Date June 29, 2018 10:14

A grieving father of a 15-year-old boy warns other parents about the hidden danger of a popular online game after his son took his own life.

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Beware of this ‘dark’ online game!

15-year-old Ben Walmsley from Radcliff, Bury, was found dead in February. The teen took his life in a suicide. The heartbroken family blames a popular online game in Ben’s death.

The boy’s father, Darren Walmsley, decided to make his sad story public to raise awareness among other parents. He said Ben was playing the ‘dark’ online game that has a strong psychological impact on young people.

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The game is called Doki Doki Literature Club. It is free to download and can be linked with mobile phones as well. The game features images related to violence, suicide, and self-harm.

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Though the game starts with a warning that “it is not suitable for children and those who are easily disturbed,” there are no age restrictions to join Doki Doki Literature Club.

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To all parents…

Mr. Walmsley said his son was a normal kid before he started playing the fatal game.

Characters in the game decide what to do and make it very real. It just needs to be highlighted. There is no confirmation yet, but we strongly believe that the game could be linked to Ben’s death.

The loss father also wants schools to discuss with children which games and apps are suitable to use and which not.

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We hope Darren’s story will be useful to know for all parents. Please, pay attention to the online games your children like to play, talk to your kids, ask about their worries and fears. Remember, it’s important to notice the first signs of a tragedy until it happens.

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