Suicide challenge WARNING: Game urging children to KILL themselves goes viral in the UK
PARENTS are being warned about a sick game called the Momo challenge, where a terrifying character tells players to hurt themselves or others.
By LATIFA YEDROUDJ PUBLISHED: 12:40, Thu, Feb 21, 2019 | UPDATED: 13:00, Thu, Feb 21, 2019
The Momo challenge, also known as the ‘suicide game’ features a zombie-faced character who tells young children they will be killed if they do not follow her instructions. Users receive an invitation to message the character, who then commands children to abide to her specific demands – but if they don’t, she threatens to release their private information. The game, which has swept through the US, now appears to have made it to the UK, after a parent in Greater Manchester found her seven-year-old son had been threatening children at his school. Soon after, she found he had been taking part in the Momo challenge, saying the character had threatened to “kill him in his sleep” if he did not tell everyone to “fear” her.
In her post, shared in the Love Westhoughton Facebook group, the mother, who wishes to keep her child’s identity anonymous said: “When I collected him from school the teacher asked to talk to me.
“She said ***** had made three kids cry by telling them that ‘Momo was going to go into their room at night and kill them’.
“When we got home I spoke to him about this and he told me that some kids at school had told him to look at the ‘Momo challenge’ which he did.”
She added: “When ***** watched a video the ‘momo’ character told him to tell everyone to fear Momo or it will kill him in his sleep. So I have one very frightened little boy and some deep concerns about the kids in his school.
“Parent controls are as tight as could be and this **** still slips through. So if you have a child it would be well worth it to open up a dialogue about idiots online and try to get ahead of this.”
The game is played over social media platforms such as WhatsApp and Facebook.
In a post shared by web safety experts, Adele Jennings who writes the Our Family Life blog shared tips on how to keep children safe when they use the internet.
She said: “The online games and social media companies need to do more but as parents we have to find out and learn more about what our children are getting up to while online.
“Only by talking to them, and knowing how to block and report inappropriate content can we start to make a difference, but we have to do our homework.”
Categories: Update of Lawlessness and Violence