Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has expressed concern over reports of a teen suicide ‘game’ that is believed to be linked to several suicide attempts among youngsters in several countries.
Called the Blue Whale Challenge, the on line ‘game’ consists of a series of challenges culminating in the suicide of the player who then ‘wins’.
Prime Minister Chastanet has expressed the hope that the ‘game’ does not come to the region.
However he noted that unfortunately, there are no barriers on the internet.
Chastanet explained that young people are a number one priority for him.
“That is why we want to be able to develop our after school programmes,” he told reporters.
According to the Prime Minister, in the upcoming budget there will incentives to encourage businesses to hire young people.
“This is something we take very seriously and even when you look at some of the crime that we have in our country, the vast majority of it is really social related which is about our young people and our values here in Saint Lucia,” he observed.
He stated that if ‘strong minded’ children can be developed with a good sense of self esteem, they can be more resilient to some of the things that are taking place around them.
However Chastanet said that the internet represents a ‘big world’ that opens up plenty of opportunities while at the same time exposing people to a lot of negatives.