Advice to parents about horrifying 'Momo challenge'

Advice to parents about horrifying 'Momo challenge'

Published at 7:46am 28th February 2019.

2 minute read

The videos reportedly encourage children to self harm - and there's now some tips from National Online Safety.

An advice sheet has gone out to parents about the horrifying 'Momo challenge' that is targeting children.

Videos have been doing the rounds online via kids' platforms.

The creepy female character reportedly encourages youngsters to hurt themselves and is being linked to self harm.

It threatens the viewer into contacting a number on WhatsApp, with some even told to take their own life.

It is claimed that the so-called 'game' also tells youngsters not to tell their parents about it.

There is concern it is now popping up on the likes of Fortnite and Peppa Pig on YouTube.

Now National Online Safety has issued the following advice for mums and dads...

Suicide prevention charity If U Care Share says kids should take an approach similar to 'stranger danger' warnings.

Matthew Smith, one of the charity's founders said:

"If a stranger speaks to you in the street then you should speak up.

"I think if you are watching Peppa Pig and something comes up that isn't Peppa Pig and maybe a little bit scary, it's okay to talk to your parents about that.

"I certainly think there is a level of responsibility of the platforms in trying to protect young people.

"But if you come across anything it is about reporting it, we have to get this message out because this is something which is horrific."

NSPCC has published advice and guidelines for parents on its website and more help can be found at New Aware - a guide for parents on social media and gaming apps.

Children who are feeling worried about their activity on apps or online games can contact Childline 24 hours a day, online and over the phone, on 0800 11 11 or by visiting Childline's website.

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