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Parents - Be Aware of The Viral "Momo Challenge"
28 February 2019, 12:38 | Ivan Casey
Warning over Momo 'suicide game' targeting children on social media
Rolling Stone reported that even the Northern Ireland police eventually indicated the actual threat posed by the Momo challenge could be overblown and an effort at exploitation.
"As parents, its all too easy sometimes to hand over a device to a child for that few minutes peace but there can be devastating consequences if they are left unsupervised". "ORCRP0017763-topic.html" class="local_link" >WhatsApp, that has again resurfaced in the United Kingdom has prompted a warning from authorities there.
"Even basic open source research suggests that "Momo" is run by hackers looking for personal info...'Momo' isn't going to crawl out of your child's phone and kill them", Irish police said.
In response to the return of the risky trend, several British schools issued warning to parents of young students.
The Haslingden Primary School in Rossendale, England, also issued a warning on Facebook. Part of the reason why is that the game tells kids if they inform their parents about it, harm could be inflicted on them or their parents.
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What starts as an innocent episode of a children's cartoon can quickly "turn into an altered version with violence and offensive language", according to increasingly concerned British educators.
The creepy challenge known as the "Momo game", or "Momo Challenge", typically comes from a stranger and asks children to engage in horrific acts, but from behind the disguise of "Momo", which is a woman's scary face and stringy, black hair atop a bird's body. 'If they are unsure, encourage them to talk to you or another trusted adult'.
"Please be vigilant with your child using IT". The "Momo" appears in the middle of the videos to avoid being detected by parents.
Once the player is challenged and does not complete their tasks, they are apparently threatened that their family will be harmed or a curse will be placed upon the player and their family.
In the US, Brittany Roussell, of New Orleans, Louisiana, shared a video of her six-year-old talking about seeing the Momo footage to raise awareness about the disturbing challenge, the Daily Mail reported.
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The disturbing image has nothing to do with a game, but it's a sculpture by a Japanese artist, Keisuke Aisawa, the CBS report noted.
'Honey said she'd never watched a video of this sick freak telling her to do bad or unsafe things but that she's popped up in loads of innocent kids videos on YouTube, where her neck twists round or she'll walk across the screen!
Some of the videos appear to be made by trolls, it said.
"Momo" started on Facebook and involves members who are challenged to communicate with an unknown member. Sexual extortion does happen ...
The thing is very little of it appears to be real. "So that makes it plausible to parents and school administrators".
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