Parents - Be Aware of The Viral "Momo Challenge"

As the viral ghost story goes, "Momo" appears on screen in certain games or YouTube videos targeting kids.

Chelcie Jade Creasey said: "This is awful but it is actually happening, I've had to ban the boys from YouTube".

Momo initially cropped up on the internet in 2016, and in 2018 was used on WhatsApp as a suicide challenge. On YouTube turn off "autoplay" so that children can only watch what they have directly clicked on.

Lyn Dixon of Edinburgh, Scotland, told Daily Express her 8-year-old son was searching through YouTube recently when the infamous "Momo" figure splashed across his screen.

The Momo challenge has been linked to more than 100 deaths of teens and children around the world.

You may have seen warnings about the "Momo Challenge" being shared on social media.

Schools in the Lowestoft area have warned parents about the challenge.

'As parents, it's all too easy sometimes to hand over a device to a child for that few minutes peace but there can be devastating consequences if they are left un-supervised'.

"Effectively it can start with something relatively minor, like "jump off a small wall" through to cutting, through to more serious acts of self-harm".

The clip shows the viral picture of Momo, with a child's voice singing: "Momo, Momo, Momo is going to kill you". At the moment it's a home issue rather than a school issue. She said that Momo was sending codes to people and the codes translated to the word 'die.' It wasn't clear if Momo was sending the codes to other characters.

"We are aware of Momo challenges that are appearing as pop-ups on Youtube kids, Fortnite & Peppa Pig etc & will be talking to the children about it in Assembly", Offley wrote. "Please be vigilant with your child using IT, images are very disturbing".

The Ash Field Academy in Leicester, England, also wrote a warning.

The app asks children to complete tasks that include the youngsters to inflict harm upon themselves and provide photographic evidence so they can continue the game.

It encourages them to self-harm and the ultimate post tells them to take their own lives.

It has been linked to the death of a 12-year-old girl in Argentina and has also surfaced in countries including Colombia, India, France, Germany and the USA.

The disturbing image has nothing to do with a game, but it's a sculpture by a Japanese artist, Keisuke Aisawa, the CBS report noted.

Detective Sergeant Elaine McCormill from the PSNI's Public Protection Branch said that while police have received no official reports reloading to the challenge, they were working with other UK Police Services to identify the extent of the problem.

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.

  • Marlene Weaver