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Schools, Police Issue Warnings About Momo Challenge

Schools, Police Issue Warnings About Momo Challenge

National Online Safety - a group of online safety experts that provides advice for schools - has now issued some tips for parents to keep their kids safe from Momo.

"I believe that the Momo challenge is largely an urban myth or online hoax", Dawn Branley-Bell, a cyberpsychologist from Northumbria University, told Yahoo News UK. Once added as a contact, "Momo" would allegedly try to persuade children to kill themselves, leave stoves on while the rest of the household is sleeping, etc.

A Norfolk school has joined others around the world in warning parents about the dangers of the internet "suicide game" Momo.

An email to schools from Hampshire police's education team, said: 'I am sending this email out expeditiously to ensure you are aware of an internet "suicide-influencing game" which has come to my attention called The MOMO Challenge which encourages children to harm themselves and is reported to be linked to several deaths around the world and is now appearing across the United Kingdom'.

The "Momo Challenge" started appearing on social media platforms and is mainly targeting children and vulnerable people.

The Momo challenge has been allegedly linked to deaths of children around the world - a 12-year-old girl from Argentina and boys in France and Belgium - reported by their parents as having happened after some interaction with the unsafe online game. As CBS News further reported, the Momo challenge bears a resemblance to the 2017 "Blue Whale" challenge that allegedly led to the death of two teens in the USA, and others in Russia, Brazil and elsewhere.

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.

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"These videos show children how to go on Google and get mobile numbers, and text people on Whatsapp".

The avatar used by Momo is an image of a terrifying woman's face with large, bulging eyes and stretched smile.

In a so-called Momo challenge children are said to receive anonymous threatening messages tied to pictures of the Momo character. Now, there have been reports of the scary looking creature appearing in videos such as "Peppa Pig" and "Fortnite".

Momo has been linked to a number of deaths.

It also recommends parents telling children to not search for this content as it "may only cause more distress".

"It's a risk-taking, dare-based challenge where a child is targeted over a particular period of time and sent various challenges over say a 40 or 50-day period", she said.