Momo Warning to Daventry Kids and Parents
Written by RADio Newsdesk on February 26, 2019
Article Published on Tuesday February 26, 2019 8:50 PM by RADio Newsdesk
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UPDATE – Since publishing this article, the artist who created the sculpture used by the creators of Momo has condemned the actions of the hackers and destroyed the sculpture to assure kids that Momo is dead.
A warning has been issued to all children and parents to be extra vigilant in the wake of the arrival of the ‘Momo Challange Hack‘ to UK internet users.
Many popular sites, apps and games including YouTube Kids, Fortnite and Whatsapp have fallen foul of the Momo Challange hack where part way through a video, chat or activity a character appears encouraging children to self-harm, enter acts of distruction (such as leaving the gas on and how to stab someone) it is also reported that the character suggests suicide tips.
The disturbing phenomenon has only recently made its way to the UK having been linked to over 130 suicides and deaths across South America and Russia.
The NSPCC say children should not feel pressured into doing anything that makes them feel unsafe.
A spokesperson said: “Children can find it difficult to stand up to peer pressure but they must know it’s perfectly okay to refuse to take part in crazes that make them feel unsafe or scared.
“Parents should talk with their children and emphasise that they can make their own choices and discuss ways of how to say no.
“Reassuring a child that they can still be accepted even if they don’t go along with the crowd will help stop them doing something that could hurt them or make them uncomfortable.”
What can you do?
– Maintain an open dialogue with your children about what they are doing online and the dangers of viral trends like this one.
– Monitor the things your children can access on the internet. This includes activating parental controls and checking search history.
– There are also reportedly services available to allow parents to monitor whatsapp.
– Knowing the signs of distress in your child, is also a huge indicator that something could be going on behind closed doors.
– These include falling behind at school, loss of appetite and being agitated after being on their phone.
Have you or a family member been affected by the Momo Challange? You should report it to the platform where it was discovered and the authorities in addition you may wish to seek support from the Samaritans on 116 123.
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