Russian police are investigating a sinister ‘game’ spreading on the web instructing children about ‘how to become a fire fairy’ – by secretly turn on the gas rings on kitchen cookers.
The sickening social media scam is created to look like a harmless prank modeled on popular animated series ‘Winx Club: School of Witches’. But children – and it is aimed at young girls – are told that if they turn on the gas burners on their stove and repeat ‘magical words’, they will become ‘fire fairies’.
One little girl, five-year-old Sofia Ezhova, was severely burned after switching on a gas oven while playing the game.
The social media post says: ‘At midnight when everybody is asleep, get up from your bed and go around the room three times, then say the magical words: “Alfey kingdom, sweet little fairies, give me the power, I’m asking you.”
‘Then go to the kitchen silently, so no one notices you or the magic of the words will disappear. Switch on the gas stove, all four burners. But do not light it. You don’t want to get burns, do you?
‘Then go to sleep. The magic gas will come to you, you will breathe it while sleeping and in the morning, when you wake up, say: “Thank you Alfey, I’ve become a fairy.” And you will become a real fairy of fire.’
The appalling ‘game’ was highlighted by police following complaints from parents in the Vladimir region of Russia, said Lt-Col Andrei Tutuev.
State investigator Irina Minina warned: ‘It could be some kind of ‘suicide game’. We are searching for those who are spreading these messages.’
The Russian Investigative Committee – the equivalent of the FBI – believes the real aim may be to spark panic among parents.
Concern is rising in Russia over internet ‘games’ encouraging children to take their own lives. One Russian search engine had tens of thousands of requests in the last month from children on ‘how to become a fairy’, amid fears young people could be exploited.
One mother said: ‘I woke up in the night and felt the strong smell of gas.My daughter, seven, had just left the kitchen and went to her room.
‘It turned out that she had read in the Internet that to become the fairy of fire you need to go to the kitchen when everyone is asleep and switch on the gas oven. ‘If I had not gone to check, our family of eight would not wake up in the morning.
‘I talked to her and she promised not to hide her plans from me and tell me everything.’