Louth Gardai issue warning to parents over sick 'game' targeting young children

Gardai advise parents to monitor online activity by their children

Gardai advise parents to monitor online activity by their children

Threats follow, ensuring the child that if they don't do as she says, she will harm them or their friends and family.

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

Lyn Dixon has spoken out about the Momo Challenge, a sick game played on WhatsApp, Facebook and Youtube which encourages children to hurt themselves.

The death of an 18-year-old in India has also been linked to the game, after being found in a shed with a devil's eye scrawled on the wall.

As you may remember, it was only six months ago that Narcity reported on the Momo Challenge.

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The challenge reportedly began on Facebook where people are initially asked to chat with a stranger via an unknown number on Whatsapp.

They're then asked to perform a series of unsafe tasks and challenges, some which have reported to be self-harming or even deadly, in hopes of meeting the character, Momo.

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"Another threatens family if a "challenge" is not completed".

Like we stated before, these tasks and challenges often include self-harm.

The challenge has been noticed spreading among children in Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom, with an Garda Siochana issuing a warning to parents here to be vigilant.

A girl, 12, and a boy, 16, are understood to have killed themselves in Colombia after playing the game.

"As parents, if we want our kids to be spending time in those places, we just have to make sure that they're equipped to know what to do when they run into some of that dark, or unhealthy, or in this case, self-harm content", McKenna said.

Gardaí have also reminded children and parents to be safe online and to avoid contact with people they do not know in the real world.

If you know anyone that has been contacted by a stranger engaging in the Momo Challenge, you should contact your local authorities.

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