West MI mother warns of ‘Momo Challenge,’ unsafe viral game

Gardaí warn Longford parents to be vigilant with their children online as disturbing'Momo challenge encourages self-harm

Gardaí warn Longford parents to be vigilant with their children online as disturbing'Momo challenge encourages self-harm

On Sunday Ireland's Gardai for Laois/Offaly issued a warning saying: "There is a "game" doing the rounds on social media platforms at the minute called 'momo" which appears to target children or vulnerable people.

Gardaí have issued a warning to parents to be vigilant and to supervise their children's online activity as a new online craze encouraging children to self-harm has started to emerge in Ireland.

According to online forums, users who engage with Momo are being "doxed" into self-harm and suicide.

"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. It's believed "Momo" is run by hackers who are looking for personal information, but the unsafe lies in what "Momo" is asking people to do.

Authorities have suggested the game, which has previously doxed people into hurting themselves, could be run by hackers trying to gain access to information.

"Whatever or whoever is behind it, there is no disputing the content being sent is horrendous", reads the post. "The danger lies with your child feeling pressured to either follow the orders of ANY app via 'challenges, ' or peer pressure in chat rooms and the like.

It is crucial that parents are involved with their children's online lives and I'd urge parents to make children aware of online dangers and ensure they know that they can speak to someone if anything or anyone online causes them concern". The game ends with the person's death from suicide.

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"A "curse contact" sends a number and tells you to contact them on Whatsapp", the statement said. One Northern Ireland Police officer reported that a Momo Challenge from the United States reportedly told the player to "take a knife to their own throat" in a disturbing video.

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

She soon gained internet fame on the Reddit sub r/creepy and eventually became the face of the Momo challenge.

Reports in Europe and around the world have linked the game to suicides of young children.

Detective Sergeant McCormill stressed to parents that any device used by children should be restricted to age suitable content, however she acknowledged media reports that the challenge had been viewed by children even with the restrictions in place.

In September, another 13-year-old Brazilian girl was found by her mother at their home in Jaboatão dos Guararapes, north of Rio de Janeiro, attempting to injure herself.

If you or someone you know needs urgent support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Kids Helpline (5 to 25 years) on 1800 55 1800.

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