Published: Thu, February 28, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Drew Collins

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

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

A Norwich school has joined organisations around the world in warning parents about the challenge.

The game has also now been known to appear on other social media such as YouTube, appearing partway through some seemingly innocent videos of children's cartoons such as Peppa Pig.

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

CBS News reported that officials in Argentina investigated the game after a 12-year-old died, but details of the case are spurious.

The Momo challenge, the risky online "suicide game" that's played on Whatsapp, Facebook and YouTube, is in the news again after two mothers expressed fears that it's made its way into British playgrounds.

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

You may have already heard of "The Momo Challenge".

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.

"Asked her if it ever came up or if she recognized it, she said no".

When children participate in the challenge, they're told to contact a stranger while concealing themselves as "Momo" using a creepy image that's actually the work of Japanese artist Keisuke Aisawa, known as "Mother Bird" which was once on display at a gallery in Tokyo.

Dubbed the "suicide killer game", Momo has been heavily linked with apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and most recently (and most worryingly)...

Just like any urban legend or horror story, the concept can be quite frightening and distressing for young people.Whilst this may seem obvious, it's important for you to reiterate to your child that Momo is not a real person and cannot directly harm them.

"It's disgusting", Stevie said, "it's cyber-bullying at the end of the day and to be honest, it's really scary". Some tips NOS provided include telling your child that "Momo" isn't real, putting device settings and parental controls on their devices, reporting and blocking the inappropriate content and talking to your child regularly about what yor watching.

This image has now begun to pop-up in the middle of child-orientated YouTube videos such as Peppa Pig. In some "challenges" the user is blackmailed and if they refuse to carry out the orders they are met with more vile self-harming threats.

Other warnings were issued by other schools, including Newbridge Junior School in Portsmouth and Offley Endowed‏ Primary school in Bedfordshire.

In August 2018, the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) board requested parents to keep a close eye on their children who were vulnerable of falling prey to the online suicidal game.

Although the scary internet videos are clearly causing fear in parents like Kim, YouTube has never seen any evidence of the actual challenge, according to TMZ, but the video company ensured the outlet that if they do find it, all videos would be removed immediately since they obviously would be a violation of their policies.

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