Police issue warning to parents after "Momo challenge" resurfaces

Police issue warning to parents after

Police issue warning to parents after "Momo challenge" resurfaces

"Today we've heard from many concerned parents and pupils about the horrifying Momo challenge which has reportedly been appearing in children's YouTube videos, causing panic and upset amongst young people", said the Newbridge Junior School.

"Momo" is a new viral game played using Whatsapp or Facebook.

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

"The challenges issued in this game present a serious risk to the safety, welfare and well being of young people in our school and in the United Kingdom".

The document said: "Trends and viral challenges can be tempting for children to take part in; no matter how unsafe or scary they seem".

In response to the return of the unsafe trend, several British schools issued warning to parents of young students.

Haslingden Primary School also cautioned that children's video clips on YouTube could be interrupted by a "warped white mask which is promoting children to do risky tasks without telling their parents".

Social media apps have a history of safety issues, especially regarding children. "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".

"Don't focus only on Momo, but make sure you know what your child has online access to".

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"As you can imagine, this is highly distressing for the children to view".

"That's why it's important for parents to talk regularly with children about these apps and games and the potential risks they can be exposed to".

Other warnings were issued by other schools, including Newbridge Junior School in Portsmouth and Offley Endowed‏ Primary school in Bedfordshire.

It's believed the challenge started spreading on the messaging service WhatsApp and may also be spread on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. "Please be vigilant with your child using IT, images are very disturbing". "We want to remind parents to always be aware of what their kids are doing on social media".

The acts include asking children to harm themselves and photograph it to continue playing the game and avoid being cursed, Newsweek reported.

The sick and twisted "game" features a series of challenges that end by daring the children to take their own lives.

The twisted game has already been linked to the suicide of a 12-year-old girl in Argentina and at least 130 teen deaths across Russian Federation. The image associated with the female character is actually a sculpture made in 2016 by Keisuke Aisawa of the Link Factory, a Japanese company that makes horror film props and special effects, per Rolling Stone.

Now, certain children's YouTube videos are being hacked by Momo, with the creepy creature appearing midway through the clips to threaten the kids watching.

However, the Momo Challenge has seemingly been taken to a new level in 2019. Sexual extortion does happen ... We have sent out a whole school text to parents to make people aware of what's going on.

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