The “Momo challenge” has been everywhere lately. Again.
Momo first surfaced in mid-2018 on What’s App. Although rarely documented, there are a few deaths that area allegedly attributed to this cruel challenge.
In February 2019, news reports showed “the Momo challenge” resurfacing–Momo is a disturbing photo of a melting woman/bird face with a terrifying message of prompting children with challenges that lead to suicide. The news reported that the Momo challenge had now migrated to YouTube Kids, interrupting innocent programming like Peppa Pig.
The problem is, there’s little data to support the news claims.
YouTube denies it’s on their platform (link to Forbes article).
What’s a parent to do?
Here’s the thing: Whether it’s an urban myth or a lurking danger, NOW is the perfect time to check in with your kids.
- Talk about online safety–not everyone online is there to play and enjoy
- Let them know they can tell you anything, even if they feel embarrassed or ashamed, and you won’t freak out
- Teach them to always let you know if they see something disturbing or weird
- Check your internet filter and make sure your filter is set appropriately for your child’s age
- Lock down YouTube. You can start by signing into your account, subscribing to appropriate channels and removing the search bar in YouTube, so kids can’t accidentally wander.
Need help sorting through this?
Book a quick no cost 20 minute online safety assessment with me to talk through your concerns.