What is the disturbing 'Momo Challenge' - and why is it resurfacing?

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

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".

Instagram says it has now deleted three accounts involved in promoting "Momo".

After the first case of the "Momo challenge" was discovered in the United Kingdom, the boy's parent, who wished to remain anonymous, said she was "deeply alarmed" when her seven-year-old son's teacher told her he'd made threats to other children in school.

A risky social media craze targeting young children has sparked concerns - but north-east officers said parents "should not panic".

While this challenge - in a long line of internet challenges - may only be a hoax, it's an important reminder for parents to keep tabs on what their children are doing on social media and elsewhere. "One of the videos starts innocently, like the start of a Peppa Pig episode for example, but quickly turn into an altered version with violence and offensive language".

"Even basic open source research suggests that "Momo" is run by hackers looking for personal info...'Momo' isn't going to crawl out of your child's phone and kill them", Irish police added. 'If they are unsure, encourage them to talk to you or another trusted adult'.

Law enforcement across the globe are warning parents about the dangers of the 'Momo Challenge, ' claiming that it could endanger children's lives.

The email specified a concern over images appearing on platforms used by children including Youtube, Kidstube, Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp. "Please be vigilant with your child using IT, images are very disturbing".

It has prompted schools and teachers countywide to remind both parents and pupils about online safety in text messages and letters to parents. It is rapidly spreading across the world.

Several states like Odisha and West Bengal had issued advisories on the self-harming game, alerting parents and educational authorities.

In August, law enforcement agencies in Argentina investigated the Momo game's potential influence in the death of a 12-year-old, CBS News reported.

According to Rolling Stone, there have been reports of YouTube videos featuring kid-friendly characters like Peppa Pig or game videos being edited with Momo images along with instructions for self-harm. This will help your child to feel confident to come with you over distressing things they have seen online.

'In the auto on the way home from school yesterday, I asked Honey or Ronnie if they knew what "Momo" meant?

The Momo Challenge has been terrifying parents.

"Let them know she is not real, and harming yourself or anybody else will hurt and it's bad".

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