She is the newest newsmaker trending in social media — the creepy-looking Momo –a woman with big eyes and long hair.
My seven year old kid couldn’t even look at her. “No Mom, stop please! You are scaring me!”. He swear not seeing her ever.
According to Knowyourmeme, the image is actually a sculpture called Mother Bird in an art gallery in Ginza in Tokyo as part of an exhibit about ghosts and specters. It was made by a factory that makes special horror effects.
Momo is said to be the one giving orders and cursing those who don’t respond in this game called Momo Challenge, which reports say, appear on different online messaging platform.
Many parents are bothered by reports saying messages directing kids to said sites are hidden on videos and programs usually for children. There have been reported incidents where users were said to be threatened into following some task and hurt themselves.
It’s not clear how the challenge started but many other similar challenges are present online.
Many cyber experts believe the challenge is hoax. An urban legend. Some believe these are done by trolls to scare young minds or hackers to steal personal data.
WHAT PARENTS SHOULD DO
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection advise that all parents be aware of what their kids watch online. They also suggest having a regular talk with them about who they interact with, even if it’s a friend.
Cybersafetycop website have some suggestions for parents and educators to protect children:
- Teach kids some safe practices online.
- Limit access to media that is not age appropriate for them
- Filter inappropriate videos using restricted mode. (It was recommended not letting children to access Youtube under the age of 12-years-old)
- Delete mobile app from their mobile devices and blocking them from being downloaded from the app store with a password that only the parent knows
- Parents themselves should understand the language of digital world.
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