A Warning for Parents/Carers about Momo

Parents are being warned that the Momo suicide challenge is hacking into children’s programmes on YouTube (including Kids YouTube) and other social media platforms, such as Facebook and WhatsApp.

Charities say there have been no reports of anybody receiving messages or harming themselves as a result. They warn that media coverage has amplified a false scare story. Read more.

We encourage you to be vigilant when your child is using any device or watching any video clips.

Police Advice

Police suggest that rather than focusing on Momo specifically, parents could use the opportunity to educate children about internet safety and have an open conversation about what children are accessing.

Police are appealing to parents to follow these guidelines with their children online:

  • Ensure they know what their children can access online
  • Ensure children understand the importance of not giving personal information to anyone they do not know
  • Tell their children no one has the right to make them do anything they do not want to do
  • Use parental controls to keep children safe

Useful Links

Momo is a sinister ‘challenge’ that has been around for some time. It has recently resurfaced and once again has come to the attention of schools and children across the country. Dubbed the ‘suicide killer game’, Momo has been heavily linked with apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and most recently (and most worryingly)… YouTube Kids.
National Online Safety

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