Sick suicide challenge ‘Momo’ is back to scare again after reports of the evil images appearing midway through Kids YouTube, Fortnight and Peppa Pig shook social media. It has been reported that the kids have been left terrified after the disturbing character emerged on the videos with suicidal content. The incident has been reported by the Northolt Community School in Hull, East Yorks, United Kingdom. The school issued a warning to parents after innocent pupils were targeted on YouTube. It is advised to all the adults to be vigilant and monitor their children’s activities on any technological device. Momo Suicide Challenge Promoted By YouTube? Instructional Videos Found That Encourage Children To Commit Suicide. 

The Momo game or Momo challenge gained international recognition in summer, 2018. A game with a sinister-looking avatar that was initially considered a hoax, quickly became a widespread phenomenon. When law enforcement investigated the influence of Momo challenge, it was revealed that the dangerous game was linked with the suicide of a 12-year-old girl in Argentina and at least 130 teen death across Russia. How Parents Can Keep Their Children Safe From Sickening Viral Challenges? 

What is Momo Challenge?

Momo challenge is a game online, which was first surfaced on WhatsApp. It asks children to participate in the online challenge where they contact a stranger concealing themselves as ‘Momo’ using a creepy image and communicate majorly through the Facebook-owned messenger app. The game encourages a participant to complete several tasks, if they want to avoid being cursed. It has been reported that some of these tasks include self-harm, which Momo asks the participant to provide photo evidence to continue the game. Momo challenge ends with the sinister-looking girl telling the participant to take their own life and record it for social media.

Momo Challenge Is Back Again Online

The Northolt Community Special School in Hull, reported that they discovered their schoolchildren are hacking their programmes online, games such as Peppa Pig. The school said, as quoted by the media reports, “We are aware that some nasty challenges (Momo challenge) are hacking into children's programmes. Challenges appear midway through Kids YouTube, Fortnight, Peppa pig to avoid detection by adults. Please be vigilant with your child using IT, images are very disturbing.”

The concerned parents have previously reported how the character, which was created by a Japanese artist with no intention to the game, appeared on their child’s YouTube videos. Northern Ireland police consistently warned the social media platforms to take down Momo Challenge Videos. It now seems that both YouTube and Instagram have failed to do so. The Police service of Northern Ireland has reported that some featuring images of self-harm are still live on both the platforms online.

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