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MoMo Challenge Advice
What is it?
Momo is another one of these viral media “things”
that nobody is sure what to call. Probably the best term is “viral media scares”.
Viral media scares present a bit like old-fashioned ‘chain letters’, only with a cyber-bully twist and it can be hard to know whether they’re real, where they come from and what to do about it. The latest of these, characterised by the disturbing image of a black-haired, bug-eyed woman, appears to be the ‘Momo Challenge’. ‘Momo’ first came to light last summer, after being allegedly linked to a number of deaths in Argentina, Columbia and India.
“Momo” refers to accounts in WhatsApp (but also seen in Reddit, YouTube and Instagram) that reportedly send a message saying something like, “you should send a message to this number(number will appear), which will send you predictions about your future.”
According to some reports, the message might include a threat that the recipient will be cursed if they don’t reply. If someone does contact “Momo,” they reportedly get other threats,
frightening photos, and/or challenges to complete harmful tasks.
Momo is more than one account because copycats often join as coverage grows, and more than one phone number associated with it has been found in WhatsApp. Momo doesn’t appear to be as widespread as “Blue Whale” was, but this could be early days.
Advice for Schools/Parents
If a parent/teacher has been made aware of Momo as a phrase or term used in the school then it mightbe time to address the issue with the wider group of pupils/students.
If peers are involved, they’re likely to be messing with “Momo” together, as a kind of game.
They’re not likely to invite trouble unless they’re at risk or vulnerable in other ways, in such cases adults are probably aware of their vulnerability.
Talk To Your Child/ Pupils / Students. Find out what they know about it and advise them that while the challenge may start of as fun the likelihood is that they may quickly feel uncomfortable and scared of what they might be asked to do.
Take Them Seriously
It’s important that your Child/Pupils/Student feel that they are able to come and talk to you about any issues they may be having online. Please act in a non-judgmental manner as this will encourage young people to talk.
ALWAYS BE AWARE OF THE SITES THAT YOUR CHILD IS ON. MANY CHILDREN ARE ACCESSING YOU TUBE BUT CAN YOU SAY WITH CERTAINITY THAT YOU KNOW THE CONTENT OF WHAT THE ARE WATCHING?
IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE VERY VIGILENT.