Yes I am referring to that wretched video spreading across social media like wild fire. I have spent the past 48 hours with both children gripped to my arms. They will not sleep on their own, they will not be in a room on their own and all because they have been told a stupid story at school. We keep saying it’s not real, but it’s no use they are both petrified.
They have been told by their peers at school that this “girl” has been to see them. Is real. Is scary. Thankfully they haven’t been told about the killing element of the story but what they have been told has freaked them out enough.
Noah came home from school today saying his friend in class described the girl as having blood all down her legs and it is very scary.
I have shown them the photo of the girl, purely because how can they report it to me or Daddy if they have no idea what it is they are looking out for. We have said if it comes up on their devices then to pause it and Mummy or Daddy can report it. Ironically, since this hit the Chinese whisper lines neither child wants to go anywhere near their devices. Isla has even said she never wants to watch YouTube again. Which isn’t a bad thing.
Since this all kicked off, their behaviour has been incredible. Their fear has transformed them both. They want to be wherever I am and follow me around everywhere. I cannot even go to the toilet without them standing right next to me. It is ridiculous. Not their fear, I get that as that girl looks horrible – but the fact this has even occurred is ridiculous. Why would someone do this? Why would someone try to do this? I just don’t understand it.
I hope it calms down and they start to forget about it, but I imagine that it will only get worse over the next few days as the Chinese whispers spread around the playground. I wonder who had a visit from her tonight? I wonder if she will have an elephants trunk and talk like a parrot by tomorrow? They have both said they do not want to sleep alone again tonight too. I feel really sorry for them.
I keep, persistently, repeating the same message: “it isn’t real“. I hope that that is enough.
This poster has been released from National Safety Online advising parents what to do and how to help: