A new suicide game has taken the internet by storm called Momo challenge where young children are asked to communicate with an unknown number and perform danger challenges.
What is Momo challenge?
Momo is a social media account on WhatsApp, youtube, and facebook which bears a creepy image of a doll which was taken from horror artwork called Mother Bird created by Japanese special effects company Link Factory.
The challenge target children and teenagers and asks them to add a contact on WhatsApp.
The challenge works by asking members to communicate with an unknown number and after that member are asked to complete a number of deadly challenge and activities to meet momo.
The last challenge is asking users to commit suicide. If the users refuse to follow orders children are threatened with violent images.
The challenge has already been reported in countries such as the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Mexico, France and Germany and currently being linked to a death of a 12-year girl in Argentina
Officials said that the numbers are connected with Japan, Mexico, and Columbia, and according to cybersecurity experts the challenge is just a hoax created by hackers to steal personal information.
Like last year’s Blue whale challenge, which leads to the death of many teenagers across the world, the Momo challenge is circulating around the social media and creating panic among the people.
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TIPS TO PARENTS
- Invest more time with your children
- Monitor and control the games they play
- Limit the hours of internet use
- Keep the computer in a public area
- Keep a track of online communications by your children -chats, emails, messages.
- Observe any sudden changes in your child’s behavior
- Build a confidence in them and guide them to get rid of ‘peer pressure’
- Make sure that your children do not get up at late night or during any strange hours
- Talk with them freely like a friend and try to understand their worries.
- Give a listening ear for your teenagers
- Teach your children about safe online behavior and how to manage privacy settings
When should you react?
When your child shows
- Fear and anxiety
- Loss of interest in routine hobbies
- Addiction to social media
- Sleep disturbances
- Always gloomy
- Feeling of low self-esteem
TIPS TO CHILDREN
- Keep your character and don’t fall into online traps
- Inform parents if you find any stranger contacting you
- Do not spend too much time on the internet and online games
- Ensure that you do not share your personal information online – which includes last name, DOB, school name, home address etc.
- Do not expose yours or your parents phone numbers, passwords, etc on social media
- Do not accept unknown friend requests
- Do not plan to meet online friends without parents’ permission. Whatever you read online is not always true.
- Do not act according to the online instructions
- Do not buy anything online without informing parents
- Don’t be a prey to cyber bullying – do not respond to any insulting messages
- Follow age restrictions on various websites – this is just to protect yourself and not for anyone else.
- Do not get biased under peer pressure.
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