BEN Walmsley’s death prompted a warning to parents of the dangers of games like the psychological horror game Doki Doki Literature Club.

A message to parents posted online by Philips High School in Whitefield, where Ben was a pupil, read: “A concern has recently been brought to our attention by HM Senior Coroner regarding the use by young people of the online game ‘Doki Doki’ also known as ‘Doki Doki Literature Club’. This is a psychological horror game with suicide as a main feature.

“A concern has been expressed that the game may trigger suicidal thoughts in young people who may be emotionally vulnerable.

“I have sent a text to alert you to this letter regarding the possibility that some young people from our school may be using the game at home or on their smartphones.

“Please monitor and check your child’s internet use regularly and be mindful of the time spent online.”

Detective Inspector Jude Holmes of GMP’s Public Protection Division, said: “GMP have been made aware of an online game.

“We believe this game is a risk to children and young people especially those that are emotionally vulnerable and anyone with existing mental health concerns.

“I would ask parents to check the sites their children are using on a regular basis, as websites like this aren’t flagged up by normal firewall settings.

“It’s also really important to discuss with your children which games and apps are suitable, and ensure they understand why others aren’t appropriate to use.

“If you see your child using content online that you don’t feel is suitable, please make sure you report this to us so that the relevant agencies are informed and can assess the risk posed by that game or app.

Developed by the American-based Team Salvato, Doki Doki Literature Club was released last year and is free to download and play.

No proof of age is required to play and the game comes with the warning: “This game is not suitable for children or those who are easily disturbed.”

Summing up today, Coroner Joanne Kearsley said she could not make any direct link with the game and with Ben’s death, but given the game’s content and characters, there was the potential to influence somebody who was young and/or vulnerable.