Parents are freaking out, Kim Kardashian is begging You Tube for help, and kids are suffering nightmares over the suddenly viral Momo Challenge.
The Momo Challenge is a social media, phone and WhatsApp chain letter, coercing kids to share with their contacts and commit strange and potentially deadly tasks while keeping everything secret from their parents. It's also being spliced into innocent Peppa Pig and Fortnite videos.
When a child comes into contact with "Momo" they are instructed to contact a WhatsApp number and bullied to complete a series of tasks which include self harm and even suicide backed by graphic threats.
The image used for "Momo" is actually a statue called Mother Bird created by Japanese FX company Link Factory and totally unrelated to the Momo Challenge, yet extremely creepy nonetheless.
Many online sources say there have been suicides directly related to the Momo Challenge, however those are not confirmed as of this posting.
Now, sure, that image is creepy as all hell, and it would definitely make me do things- such as not visit a site it's on! But seriously, we hold the power people! Not some asshole cyberbully!
Granted we can't always watch what our kids are looking at in this day and age of technology come easy, but we can talk with our kids!
Explain to them what Momo really is- a cyberbully or phishing attempt to harvest information.
Talk with your kids! The are pretty insightful, and besides- knowledge is power!
Educating isn't just about learning: it's about learning to live.
Let's put an end to the sharing of this disgusting challenge! Take the power back and share only that which is worth sharing!
Besides, I'm sick of looking at the horrific thing already...
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