West MI mother warns of ‘Momo Challenge,’ risky viral game


CNN reported a Florida mother and pediatrician, Free Hess, said she found the clips on YouTube and YouTube Kids in July.

There have also been reports of Momo appearing on WhatsApp, other social media platforms and video games.

In February 2019, Hess said she saw the same disturbing clip on YouTube.

'We have to start doing something NOW and we should start by educating ourselves, educating our children, and speaking up when we see something that is unsafe for our children'. In a blog post last week, Hess alerted other parents to numerous concerning videos she said she found on the app - a "Minecraft" video depicting a school shooting, a cartoon centered on human trafficking, one about a child who committed suicide by stabbing and another who attempted to commit suicide by hanging. "I think our children are facing a whole new world with social media and Internet access".

There are parental controls available on YouTube, WXFT said, adding that users can report or flag inappropriate content as well as video potential risky to kids. "He waited until parents' guards were down, thinking their kids were just watching a harmless cartoon when he made his entrance four minutes and forty-five seconds into this video", she wrote.

"The man quickly walked in, held his arm out, and tracing his forearm, said, 'Kids, remember, cut this way for attention, and this way for results, ' and then quickly walked off", the woman reported anonymously.

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According to Hull Live, a school has now taken to Twitter to warn parents that the challenge was infiltrating programmes such a Peppa Pig and Kids YouTube. The sinister content is fused into cartoon videos in such a way that parents won't suspect a thing unless they decide to sit down with the kid to watch the entire cartoon.

But Nadine Kaslow, a former president of the American Psychological Association and professor at Emory University School of Medicine, told the Post that taking down the videos isn't enough.

"As parents, if we want our kids to be spending time in those places, we just have to make sure that they're equipped to know what to do when they run into some of that dark, or unhealthy, or in this case, self-harm content", McKenna said.

Momo made its way to YouTube previous year as a number of content producers created creepy 3am Momo challenges. Exposing their curious nature to such videos can end up badly as they can trigger bad memories, nightmares or even attempt at mimicking suicide attempts shown in the videos. "There needs to be messaging-this is why it's not okay".

She added that there should be "serious consequences" for those who had a hand in the videos, noting that it was "very worrisome" that they were targeting children.

Those who need help, including children, can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.