Warning: This article can be difficult for some of them and there is a description of self-harm and self-kill.
A new online game called Momo's Challenge encourages children to make self-harm.
The viral game will use its & # 39; Momo character – a figure like puppets with broad, deep eyes and a laughter – frightening children to tell WhatsApp on a message, carried by violent images.
The challenge encourages self-harm and the last post is asking them to take their lives.
One parent from Auckland wrote on Facebook that her two children were very aware of who Momo was and giving parents a warning that the character was; Media showcase on YouTube videos. Her son and her friends have been watching these videos at lunchtime at school.
"As a result, my seven-year-old came out in tears to scratch and tell me a stop saying that it's the name, Now we're going to kill! and my daughter's five-year jump into my arm shouting, "Shes is coming now".
The video is also featured in Peppa Muc fighters.
A policeman in Northern Ireland believes that Momo is run by hackers who have a hackers. trying to gather information.
"Whatever the ones behind it, there is no debate that the content that gets ridiculed," wrote the PSNI in Craigavon on Facebook.
"Contact maliciousness" and "number" and "notify you" to get in touch with WhatsApp.
"Any such video of interaction in America that I saw, showing a ominous-sounding voice record is sent to a child asking them to take a knife into the neck.
"Another man is threatening families if she's not a foul. It's cooling up a vision.
"There are many differences and it really agrees greatly."
– Z (@_lovezeeee) February 26, 2019
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– Danny smith (@doglab) February 27, 2019
They said the risk was that children with Feeling sorry for the orders to follow any application to "challenge", or because of the weight of peers in conversation rooms.
"These are just current examples of the kind of online communication for children," and Facebook PSNI post reading.
"In 2017, Blue Whale's, now" Momo. "There will be something else."
That's sick in the mouth of her; Feeling when you settle down to talk to age 7 #MomoChallenge and he knows about it!
– Matt Nundy (@Matthew_Nundy) February 26, 2019
I asked my child today if she knew who was momo (she's 3) and she said, she is a very eager girl. #MomoChallenge I'm not happy @ YouTubePost-Office You need to work out how kids' televisions will be better managed. It is another family that will stop it. look.
– bekah there (@jadedandinlove) February 26, 2019
Police in the Republic of Ireland have also raised concerns about Momo, which prompts adults to monitor the work of children online and vulnerable people.
A spokeswoman for the NSPCC in Northern Ireland said: "The digital world is changing regularly that means new apps and games are consistent and it can be difficult for parents keep track of it.
"That's why it is important for parents to talk regularly to children about these apps and games and the dangers that may be open to them.
"The NSPCC publishes advice and guidance to parents about online safety debate with their children, as well as Net Aware – the only parental guidance of the UK on social media and play apps. "
Amongst the most common signs to look for children who include:
- Be very secretive, especially about what they are doing online
- Spending a lot of time on the internet and social media
- Do they move the screen on the device when they enter
- Are they removed or angry after using the internet or text messaging
- Provide enough new phone numbers or email addresses on their devices
It is recognized as a Japanese photographer; The original artwork used by the actresses and has no connection with the Momo challenge.
Where can you help?
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