It wasn't that long ago that the Momo Challenge was sweeping across the world. News publications reported the notorious self-harming challenge was targeting children and teenagers in North America, Asia and Europe. Now, another new warning has been issued by police in the United Kingdom warning parents about the Momo Challenge that may be encouraging their children to harm themselves via the online game.
The new warning was issued by Northern Ireland police on Monday which stated that they are working with other police agencies in the United Kingdom to determine how severe the problem is regarding the Momo Challenge and UK children.
As you may remember, it was only six months ago that Narcity reported on the Momo Challenge. At the time, the challenge was sweeping across the world and harming naive children who were playing it. If you're not aware of what the Momo Challenge is, here's a brief explanation.
The challenge reportedly began on Facebook where people are initially asked to chat with a stranger via an unknown number on Whatsapp. Often, children and young teenagers are targetted in these challenges. They're then asked to perform a series of dangerous tasks and challenges, some which have reported to be self-harming or even deadly, in hopes of meeting the character, Momo.
Once the player is challenged and does not complete their tasks, they are apparently threatened that their family will be harmed or a curse will be placed upon the player and their family.
Like we stated before, these tasks and challenges often include self-harm. 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. According to reports, it was confirmed that a 12-year-old girl died in Argentina after reportedly partaking in the challenge via Whatsapp.
The Northern Ireland Police Services also asks that parents not only monitor who their children are talking to on popular messaging apps like Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp but to also make sure that you know what your child has access to online. You should also speak to your children and make sure that they don't give out personal information to anyone and know that no one has the right to make them do anything that they don't want to do.
In 2019, many children have their own phones so it's difficult to know who or what they have access to, so it's important to monitor what apps they have downloaded and even consider having parental controls on their devices.
If you know anyone that has been contacted by a stranger engaging in the Momo Challenge, you should contact your local authorities.