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Warning to parents about unsafe Momo Challenge that targeting children

Warning to parents about unsafe Momo Challenge that targeting children”

The Momo Challenge is a disturbing "game" that reportedly entices social media and WhatsApp users to communicate with an unknown number that sends graphic images and orders them to carry out unsafe and even suicidal acts.

Officials warned parents about the "Momo" challenge past year.

Jessica Edwards first heard about the Momo Challenge Tuesday morning from her sister.

"There have been recent reports that that some seemingly innocent videos on YouTube and YouTube Kids have been edited by unknown sources to include violence provoking and/or other inappropriate content". And if it is SORT IT OUT'.

Many people are believed to have self-harmed - and even taken their lives - after being sent disturbing and graphic photographs.

'I'm not sure if this influenced Ronnie's behaviour at school, his bed wetting and his bad dreams but nearly two weeks of certain apps being uninstalled on their tablets, extreme parental controls activated and YouTube totally banned because of Momo NOT them, Ronnies had more good days at school than bad, hasn't woke once complaining of a bad dream & has been dry for almost a week.

Thankfully, though, he told his mother about the "Momo" figure and the accompanying challenge. Someone is setting these games up for kids to access, and play it.

"I simply asked her if she had seen it before and the look on her face was nervousness".

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The report comes just days after YouTube was accused of not being careful with exposing minors to objectionable content on its platform. Please monitor what your kids are watching!' She added: 'YouTube - please help!'

A YouTube spokesman said "YouTube's Community Guidelines prohibit content that's meant to encourage unsafe activities that have an inherent risk of physical harm or death". "Flagged videos are manually reviewed 24/7 and any videos that don't belong in the app are removed".

Children allegedly receive threats from an anonymous number associated with a picture of "Momo" - an alien-like woman with bulging eyes, an eerie stretched smile, and straggly hair.

The disgusting "Momo" figure was first designed by the Japanese-based art company Link Factory.

Some parents say their children have been told they will be "killed in their sleep" if they do not contact "Momo".

The hack has already been linked with more than 130 teen deaths in Russian Federation and the suicide of a 12-year-old girl in Argentina, according to the Mirror.

We have become increasingly aware of highly inappropriate videos circulating online and are being viewed by children... It says: "The challenges issued in this game present a serious risk to the safety, welfare and wellbeing of children and young people in our schools here in the United Kingdom, as does the distressing content when a player refuses to carry on".

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



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