What is the disturbing 'Momo Challenge' - and why is it resurfacing?

PSNI working with other police services to combat threat of Momo challenge game

Warning over Momo 'suicide game' targeting children on social media

POLICE have warned schools in Hampshire about a terrifying "suicide-influencing" game craze called MOMO.

The challenge stems from a "Mother Bird" sculpture fashioned by Japanese artist Keisuke Aisawa in 2016, which some malicious suspects are utilizing on Facebook and Whatsapp to convince children to self-harm.

"The NSPCC publishes advice and guidance for parents on discussing online safety with their children, as well as Net Aware - the UK's only parental guide to social media and gaming apps".

Content or accounts that encourage others to harm themselves are not allowed and we will remove them as soon as we are made aware.

The game has been linked to the death of a 12-year-old girl, from Argentina.

It first started as a sick WhatsApp "suicide" game, before spreading to YouTube and other social media sites.

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How to keep your kids safe from "The Momo Challenge".

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

"It's a risk-taking, dare-based challenge where a child is targeted over a particular period of time and sent various challenges over say a 40 or 50-day period", she said.

The Momo challenge is eerily similar to the "Blue Whale" challenge, which gained popularity in 2017 and allegedly led to the deaths of two teenagers in the US, as well as others in Russia, Brazil and a half dozen other countries.

"Today we've heard from many concerned parents and pupils about the horrifying Momo challenge which has reportedly been appearing in children's YouTube videos, causing panic and upset amongst young people", said the Newbridge Junior School.

This image has now begun to pop-up in the middle of child-orientated YouTube videos such as Peppa Pig.

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Dozens of stories have been shared online, inciting fear among parents: Tales of Momo telling children to put knives to their necks, to turn on the gas, or to take tablets.

They also said they have a team working round the clock to prioritize reports of self-harm on their platform.

"Even basic open source research suggests that "Momo" is run by hackers looking for personal info...'Momo' isn't going to crawl out of your child's phone and kill them", Irish police added.

Detective Sergeant McCormill stressed to parents that any device used by children should be restricted to age suitable content, however she acknowledged media reports that the challenge had been viewed by children even with the restrictions in place.

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

However, one cyber expert has said the challenge is a hoax.

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"My daughter hasn't received anything, it was just a video of Momo sending codes to people but she said she didn't like it and it frightened her".

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