Warning to parents about risky Momo Challenge that targeting children

Offaly parents issued with warning of disturbing'Momo challenge targeting kids

The PSNI has issued a warning against the challenge following reports of its appearance on YouTube.

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

In a Facebook posting Saturday titled "Suicide game targeting our kids", the Police Service of Northern Ireland cautioned parents that the game can hide "itself within other harmless looking games played by our kids!"

There are reports of children as young as 6 years old encountering a creepy woman before she tells them to do a challenge.

It is back and again causing some issues with young kids and online video watching.

Cllr Rob Wood, Portsmouth City Council's cabinet member for Children's Social Care added: 'Keeping young people safe online is incredibly important, and with so many new apps and games being developed it can be hard to keep track of the content their children are accessing online.

The Momo Challenge gained the public's attention in July 2018, when it was noticed by a YouTuber, ReignBot.

Police said that the "extremely disturbing challenge" conceals itself within other harmless looking games or videos played by children and when downloaded, it asks the user to communicate with "Momo" via popular messaging applications such as WhatsApp.

Have you or your child experienced the Momo challenge?

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She said: 'He showed me an image of the face on my phone and said that she had told him to go into the kitchen drawer and take out a knife and put it into his neck.

Tips include setting up parental controls for devices in the home, reporting and/or blocking harmful material you encounter online and speaking to your child's school.

Screenshots of YouTube videos invaded by the game all of a sudden are going viral on social networking platforms.

Momo is likely far from the last risky challenge to threaten children and worry parents.

Schools across the United Kingdom are also alerting parents to the potential dangers of the viral videos.

In comments on Facebook, parents welcomed St William's Primary's proactive response to the Momo challenge, with some saying their children had already been affected or scared by it.

Experts want to emphasize, while the Momo Challenge'may be in the spotlight right now, parents should always be watching what their kids are doing on the internet.

Schools are warning parents an online suicide game may be making its way into children's YouTube videos such as Peppa Pig.

The Daily Mail reported the game is linked to two children's deaths, and, in recent months, officials around the country have warned parents about the game and changes in their kids' behavior.

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