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Creepy Momo Challenge Reappears on WhatsApp

first_img“Our advice as always, is to supervise the games your kids play and be extremely mindful of the videos they are watching on YouTube,” the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) wrote in a Facebook post. “Ensure that the devices they have access to are restricted to age suitable content.”U.K. schools, including the Northcott Community Special School in Hull, also cautioned parents about the “Momo Challenge” and how it can appear on social media platforms and online games, such as Fortnite.IMPORTANT: we are aware that some nasty challenges (Momo challenge) are hacking into children’s programmes Challenges appear midway through Kids YouTube, Fortnight, Peppa pig to avoid detection by adults. Please be vigilant with your child using IT, images are very disturbing— Northcott School Hull (@NorthcottSchool) February 26, 2019While police and schools are raising awareness on the creepy “Momo Challenge,” digital platforms, such as WhatsApp and YouTube, are also taking action to curb the game on their apps and websites.“Our Community Guidelines prohibit harmful and dangerous challenges, including promoting the “Momo Challenge,” and we remove this content quickly when flagged to us,” a YouTube spokesperson told CBS News.Even though the “Momo Challenge” won’t probably disappear anytime soon, it’s important for parents worldwide to know about the dangers of this game on their kids’ physical and mental health.If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For international resources, this list is a good place to start.More on Geek.com:‘Momo Challenge,’ a Creepy Viral Game, Prompts Social Media WarningsWatch: Japanese Company Creates Traffic Safety Video for Cats Attempted Mummy Smuggling Thwarted at Cairo Airport Stay on target The “Momo Challenge” is back: Police in the U.K. are issuing warnings to parents after the creepy digital game, which encourages self-harm and destructive behavior, reappeared on WhatsApp.Last year, the “Momo Challenge” rose to international fame after it spammed several social media platforms, including WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook. The hoax game, which encourages participants to engage in violent activities and was most likely created by hackers, unfortunately led to injuries and suicides among young students, and prompted law enforcement, schools, and communities to take action against it.Earlier this week, parents in the U.K. discovered the “Momo Challenge” again on WhatsApp and other social media platforms, CBS News reported. Police and law enforcement officials are aware of the viral game, and warned parents about its harmful consequences.last_img

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