Gardai issues warning to parents about cyberbullying 'Momo Challenge'

Gardai issues warning to parents about cyberbullying 'Momo Challenge'

Parents in Derbyshire are being warned about the latest "craze" targeting young children on social media dubbed the "suicide challenge". The Momo character-using the image of a Japanese sculpture called "Mother Bird"-reportedly begins the game with relatively benign challenges that quickly escalate".

According to Rolling Stone, there have been reports of YouTube videos featuring kid-friendly characters like Peppa Pig or game videos being edited with Momo images along with instructions for self-harm.

The challenges are simple at first, but can escalate to harming themselves or others, even committing suicide.

A month before that, a 12-year-old girl was found dead in her backyard near Buenos Aires in Argentina, with authorities at the time also investigating potential links to the game.

For example, on YouTube you can turn off "suggested auto-play" on videos to stop your child from viewing content that they have not directly selected.

There have also been reports of Momo appearing on WhatsApp, other social media platforms and video games.

The Momo Challenge gained the public's attention in July 2018, when it was noticed by a YouTuber, ReignBot.

Even major YouTubers have spoken out on the issue, with the likes of Shane Dawson wondering why the challenge is making the rounds again - prompting speculation if the challenge will be part of his next series.

Kim Kardashian took to Instagram on February 27 to share messages from concerned parents about the scary "Momo Challenge" and urged YouTube to help stop the disturbing videos from reaching their kids.

"Another video clip is going by the name of "MoMo" which shows a warped white mask which is promoting children to do risky tasks without telling their parents".

"As creepy as she looks, "Momo" isn't going to crawl out of your child's phone and kill them".

Ever since he saw the clip, Dixon said, her son has been scared of the dark and can not handle being alone for any length of time.

As you may remember, it was only six months ago that Narcity reported on the Momo Challenge.

That's the knee-jerk fear surrounding the so-called "Momo Challenge", which has begat a viral wave of paranoia.

The email from the police also highlighted concerns over the game "being used by hackers 'seeking and harvesting information".

The rise of the Momo challenge has led to National Online Safety, an organisation that provides online safety educational resources and courses to schools, to list seven tips for parents anxious about their children's online safety. Kardashian shared screenshots on her Instagram Story of anxious parents posting about the challenge, which supposedly encourages child suicide.

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