Published: Wed, February 27, 2019
Medicine | By Ray Hunter

Momo challenge 'hacking Peppa Pig, Fortnite and YouTube Kids'

Momo challenge 'hacking Peppa Pig, Fortnite and YouTube Kids'

Free N. Hess, who reported it on her blog, Pedimom and to The Washington Post, which published a story on its website February 24.

On Feb. 15, one such suicide sequence was found almost five minutes into a cartoon on YouTube by emergency room pediatrician Dr. The video was hidden inside another video where a man in sunglasses tells kids how to slit their wrists. But the character, named Momo, has recently begun to infiltrate YouTube videos meant for kids and has apparently been promoting suicide and other unsafe activities.

One on YouTube shows a man pop into the frame. "Sideways for attention. Longways for results".

"She immediately went into a state of holding her ears and telling me not to say anything".

"I think our kids are facing a whole new world with social media and internet access. It's changing the way they're growing, and it's changing the way they're developing".

"I've watched the videos and it's terrible".

A mother recently found an instructional video showing kids how to kill themselves. Fans of Frank have been known to insert this clip shot in the backdrop of a green screen as memes into other videos.


In a statement, YouTube said that it "take [s] feedback very seriously", and is working to "ensure the videos in YouTube Kids are family-friendly". "Flagged videos are manually reviewed 24/7 and any video that don't belong in the app are removed".

YouTube has long struggled with how to keep the platform free from such material - removing hateful and violent videos, banning risky pranks and cracking down on child sexual exploitation. As The Post's Elizabeth Dwoskin reported last month, YouTube announced that it was rebuilding its recommendation algorithm to prevent it from prompting videos that include conspiracy theories and other bogus information, though the videos would remain on the site.

Hess, a pediatrician, put out a call to action to different groups to report the video to get it removed from the site. That way they can report inappropriate content to social media platforms, so it can be pulled. The clipping is from Frank's earlier video titled "If you're feeling suicidal you've come to the right place", which has now been taken down.

But Nadine Kaslow, a former president of the American Psychological Association and professor at Emory University School of Medicine, told the Post that taking down the videos isn't enough.

A school has issued a warning to parents after the sick suicide Momo Challenge is believed to have "hacked" into popular children's games including Peppa Pig. Licensed child psychologist Nikel Rogers-Wood, Ph.D., of Rice Psychology in Tampa, said the videos prove parents have to be aware.

A National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) spokesman condemned the disturbing challenge and encouraged parents to reassure their children.

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