This article was originally published on August 16, 2018.
In the day and age of 2018, we always see trends and viral challenges that go in and out of popularity. There was the infamous ice bucket challenge that raised money and awareness for ALS.
But there are also dangerous challenges like the Blue Whale Challenge that targeted the lives of many young teens across the world.
Recently, we discovered that there is a new challenge that is proving to be deadly for teens and children.
The Momo Challenge has recently surfaced on the internet and the details are horrifying. The challenge reportedly started on Facebook where people were told to chat with a stranger via an unknown number on Whatsapp. They're then challenged to complete a series of dangerous tasks in hopes of meeting "Momo", the character seen above.
According to reports, the challenger is asked to perform a series of extreme challenges that are allegedly violent and some have even ended in suicide. If they complete the tasks, they would be rewarded with meeting "Momo". If they didn't complete the activities or refused, "Momo" would threaten them with violent images through the app.
The Sun has confirmed that a 12-year-old girl died in Argentina after reportedly playing the game via WhatsApp. The news report also claims that the game has been used as a form of "bait used by criminals to steal data and extort people on the internet".
In another report, The Indian Express claims that the account that appears to be connected to the unknown numbers are located in Japan, Mexico and Columbia.
We haven't found any other information that explicitly states who's behind the Momo Challenge; however, this is a reminder to always monitor your children and younger siblings if they have access to computers and private cell phones.
If you or anyone you know have is struggling with any of the above-mentioned topics or having thoughts on harming themselves, please reach out to a trusted peer, parent or councillor. You can also contact a local helpline which is available 24 hours a day to talk. Or click here, for additional resources.