Two children had to be hospitalized in different health centers in Montevideo self-inflicted injuries as a result of a sport that encourages on that; Five other sixth-year students had to seek medical attention for injuries caused by the sharpener’s edge.
It happened in Barros Blancos, a town in the Canelones department, 23 kilometers from Montevideo. as reported inspector And confirmed the general director of elementary, Graciela Fabero, when the children were playing in the school He tried to cut his skin with the edge of a pencil sharpener. Obviously, a video game material poppy relaxation time He encouraged them to disarm the pencil sharpener and cut it with the blade.
“Poppy Playtime” is the name of the game whose main character is Huggy Woogie, a blue monster with fangs. The slogan proposed by its creators is to survive by escaping the demons mentioned above, which suffocate the character to death.
Although the playful dynamic doesn’t explicitly mention self-harm, there are different spin-offs that encourage it, in addition to all the content published by users on YouTube that proposes all kinds of challenges.
The first chapter of Poppy Playtime is available for free and online, but you’ll need to pay around USD 5.6 to access the second part. It is also available in the Android Store for US$2.99.
Soon after these events, the Enjoyable School – a primary program made up of psychologists and social workers – was present in the school with a response campaign that included interactions in all groups.
The President of the Institute of Children and Adolescents of Uruguay (INAU), Pablo Abdala, said that he was concerned about the existence of the sport and added that “we live in a more violent society, especially with regard to the youngest and I think this episode, which surprised us all and affected us so much, should help us reflect,” Telenoche said.
In this sense, he stressed the importance of “extreme effort to care” for children, especially at a time when people have access to technology from a very young age: “This in itself is a progression of modernity, But at the same time, it carries a very serious risk.”
Psychologist Roberto Balaguer, for his part, told Telenoche that, although “one may want to tell a parent that it is controllable”, minors’ exposure to these sports will exist “to a greater or lesser extent”. : “It’s growing fast it’s hard to post an effective control, because it starts as a video game and then it goes viral and that generates content,” Balaguer said.
In any case, he highlighted the need to be aware of each minor’s weaknesses: “For someone to use these challenges, we are certainly talking about children who have certain needs or There are other elements of suffering and what these games catalyze,” she said. Psychologist.
This video game isn’t the first to lead to extremely dangerous recreational activities for children: a few years ago there was the case of Blue Whale, a game that brought discredit to various authorities around the world, and the case of Momo.
Zaz Belanger, one of the game’s creators, told Forbes that the controversies generated in schools by Poppy Playtime are “either completely false or highly exaggerated”: “One of the things we’ve read is that Huggie Woogie is a player’s game. Whispers scary things in the ear, but anyone who’s played the game will know that even Huggie Woogie doesn’t have a voice in Chapter 1, so there’s no way she did.”