Momo challenge: Police advise over 'freaky game'

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In addition to schools, organisations like the National Online Safety, have issued a warning to parents about an online challenge that has recently resurfaced online.

"Okay what the *** is Momo and why have I had to see this horrific thing about 22 times in a week".

The infamous "Momo Challenge", which usually culminates with self-harm or suicide of the player, is reportedly hacking into children's programmes on Google-owned video sharing platform YouTube. "If children fail to follow the instructions, Momo threatens she will 'curse" them.

Dymchurch Primary School in Romney Marsh urged parents to read up on the "alarming game" and check whether their children are playing it.

These messages allegedly encourage them to take part in unsafe activities that include threatening others and inflicting self-harm, even possibly killing themselves.

The rise of the Momo challenge has led to National Online Safety, an organisation that provides online safety educational resources and courses to schools, to list seven tips for parents anxious about their children's online safety.

Police in Northern Ireland have renewed warnings to parents over the terrifying WhatsApp "challenge" game, known as Momo, which has been linked to multiple people taking their own lives.

"It's a situation where we're trying not to scaremonger the children but reinforce the message they need to be aware of what they're watching and for parents to be aware as well".

Speaking to BreakingNews.ie, Professor Mary Aiken from UCD's Geary Institute for Public Policy explained how the Momo Challenge can escalate.

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'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'.

A YouTube spokesperson has since addressed the deadly trend, writing, "Our Community Guidelines prohibit harmful and risky challenges, including promoting the Momo challenge, and we remove this content quickly when flagged to us".

"At night she'll come when you're in bed".

The school wrote on its Facebook page: "We have become increasingly aware of highly inappropriate videos circulating online and are being viewed by children across the school". The "Momo" appears in the middle of the videos to avoid being detected by parents.

The haunting character used in the Momo challenge was created by Japanese artist Midori Hayashi, though he is in no way associated with the hack.

Web sites such as the Child Mind Institute, Safe Search Kids and Parenting offer more information on monitoring children's social media use.

Momo has been linked to a number of deaths.

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