Momo challenge: Game linked to child deaths tells boy to stab himself

Momo challenge: Game linked to child deaths tells boy to stab himself

Momo challenge: Game linked to child deaths tells boy to stab himself

Both gardaí and the PSNI have issued warnings about "Momo", saying it targets children and vulnerable people and is akin to cyber-bullying.

It adds that, although the game appears to be "light-hearted and fun at the outset", the experience soon darkens when players are absorbed and told to perform acts of self-harm and violence "through a series of progressively risky challenges".

Anxious mums responded sharing their experiences of Momo, many said they are now changing the way their children watch their favourite TV shows like Peppa Pig. People are claiming what Momo is and what Momo does, but not that many people have actually interacted with the account. Social media is a massive part of that.

The Haslingden Primary School in Rossendale, England, also issued a warning on Facebook. In the video, a child's voice sings, "Momo's going to kill you, at night she'll come when you're in bed, in the morning you will be dead", over an unchanging photo of the doll.

"Our advice is to deal with any reports on a case by case basis and encourage parents to focus on positive behaviours online, such as critical thinking, blocking and reporting and telling an adult when you see something that makes you feel upset or distressed. We encourage you to be vigilant when your child is using any device or watching any clips".

The NOS mentions reports of videos on YouTube and YouTube Kids being edited by "unknown sources" to include violent and inappropriate content.

It has prompted schools and teachers countywide to remind both parents and pupils about online safety in text messages and letters to parents.

Using a character called Momo, the game encourages players to perform a series of unsafe tasks including disturbing acts of self-harm. It is rapidly spreading across the world.

United Kingdom schools this week have also issued warnings about the game.

The "Momo Challenge" has been linked to the deaths of children in India, Argentina, and Colombia, who took their lives in summer of 2018.

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"There really is no substitution for supervising the games that children are playing and the videos that they watch online", she said.

Roussell has since deleted the YouTube app from her daughter's tablet to prevent her from being targeted again.

"Let them know she is not real, and harming yourself or anybody else will hurt and it's bad". And in Belgium, a 13 year old boy fell victim to the "game" and hanged himself.

Horrific stories have emerged since the challenge went viral.

"It has also been suggested that "Momo" has infected a number of platforms, including YouTube, Fortnite and WhatsApp".

The Momo challenge then started popping up in videos that were posted to social media.

The scary design originally featured at Tokyo's horror art Vanilla Gallery under the name Mother Bird.

The avatar used by Momo is an image of a terrifying woman's face with large, bulging eyes and stretched smile.

If you are anxious about your or someone else's mental health, the best place to get help is your GP or local mental health provider.

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