The challenge of Momo's social media has been creating scary headlines but it's suspicious that it's a fake internet growing and that evidence of real interaction is difficult to come.
But fake or not, the game – where a scary image encourages children to harm themselves – it has been anxious for parents and scary authorities.
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Parents in the United Kingdom, the United States and now New Zealand are warned that their children are targeted after a "suicide game" Momo appeared in YouTube children's videos, including the Peppa Pigpa and Fortnite popular.
The reported challenge encourages children through the social media to self-harm and warns, if they do not, that creatures like damn birds of the Momo name will harm them or member of the family.
Kiwi's mother has warned other parents online after she was "oppressed and distressed" after seeing Momo challenging videos on YouTube.
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Snopes, the source of fact-checking on the internet says that while Momo's challenge can be fake, the rumors themselves might be a problem.
"Possibly, some children have been harmed by Momo (although the documents of any such event are still tired), and even if so, that phenomenon could be a product mainly from feeders and pranksters turning to a useful mechanism for young people who are vulnerable rather than fraud rather than an integral part of a particular social media challenge, "according to Snopes.
Mam Mam's mother has been through the nightmare created by her own social media.
WHAT AUTHORITIES PROTECT
According to Snopes, it would not be good for parents to wait for any specific rumors but to advise their children to be responsible and to let them know if they encountered anything online that seemed frightened or ill. n threatening.
ReignBot, and YouTuber, known for investigating things on the internet, said that More was probably an urban legend.
"People claim what Momo is and what Momo does, but many people have not really interacted with the account," he said.
"Finding screenshots of interactions with Momo is almost impossible and you would think that more for something would be quite common."
We want to clear something about the Momo Challenge: We have not seen any recent videos of videos that promote the Momo Challenge on YouTube. There are videos that suggest damaging and dangerous challenges against our policies.
– YouTube (@YouTube) February 27, 2019
In a notice widely notified by a British mother, she acknowledged that "Momo" had never contacted her son but other children had told them to look at it.
YouTube has released a statement saying there was no Momo Challenge videos on its platform.
"We have not seen any recent videos of videos that promote the Momo Challenge on YouTube," the video posted on Twitter.
"Videos that encourage damaging and dangerous challenges against our policies."
New Zealand police said they were concerned about any social media game or app that could encourage young people to harm themselves or others.
"We would recommend that parents and carers sit with their young people and talk to them about the dangers of seeing or engaging with the behavior encouraged by this game. If parents feel necessary Further support, they can go to the Ministry of Health website for advice on support services that they might want to engage with, "said a police spokesman.
TIPS DIOGELWCH ONLINE
There are some things you can do to help your children keep safe online including:
* Install software on your computer that either includes block restrictions or monitor activity so you can review online behavior.
* Know who children and their children are online. If they are not your children's real friends, then question their cyber friendship.
* Know which social networking sites their child faces and what information they are posting.
* Check that your children understand the dangers of posting personal information on social networking sites.
* Do not let children use the computer in private areas of their home.
* If you or your child become suspicious about someone online, stop contacting immediately.
Netsafe has enough advice on keeping safe in cyberspace. For more information go to the https://www.netsafe.org.nz/ website
WHERE FOR HELP AND SUPPORT
Need Talk? – Call or text 1737
Lifeline – 0800 543 354 or (09) 5222 999 in Auckland
Youth – 0800 376 633, text 234, email firstname.lastname@example.org or online chat
Samaritans – 0800 726 666
Depression Helpline – 0800 111 757
Suicide Emergency Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
If there is an emergency, click here to find the number of your local emergency assessment team. In a life threatening situation, call 111.