Gardai issues warning to parents about cyberbullying 'Momo Challenge'

Offaly parents issued with warning of disturbing'Momo challenge targeting kids

PSNI working with other police services to combat threat of Momo challenge game

"Momo has been heavily linked with apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, and YouTube Kids".

While its creator is not affiliated in any way with the game, the Momo creation and accompanying challenges have increasingly been edited into videos designed for young children.

"As creepy as she looks, "Momo" isn't going to crawl out of your child's phone and kill them".

Dymchurch Primary School in Romney Marsh urged parents to read up on the "alarming game" and check whether their children are playing it.

"I explained to them that the Momo Challenge encourages children to carry out pranks and unsafe actions which could make them be at real risk".

Schools are warning parents an online suicide game may be making its way into children's YouTube videos such as Peppa Pig.

Police and schools have issued warnings to parents on social media after a WhatsApp challenge went viral this week, apparently resurfacing in the United Kingdom, CBS News reported.

Anxious parents who have experienced it with their children are urging other parents to take caution.

And technology experts say that's the real point of all the rumors surrounding the Momo challenge.

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In the US, Brittany Roussell, of New Orleans, Louisiana, shared a video of her six-year-old talking about seeing the Momo footage to raise awareness about the disturbing challenge, the Daily Mail reported.

Simon Harrison, head teacher at Stubbington's Crofton School said: 'This whole situation highlights the bigger narrative of social media companies and the extent to which they can monitor their content.

Just like any urban legend or horror story, the concept can be quite frightening and distressing for young people.Whilst this may seem obvious, it's important for you to reiterate to your child that Momo is not a real person and cannot directly harm them.

We millions of videos available for viewing, the impact on kids could be in the hundred's of thousands.

This image has now begun to pop-up in the middle of child-orientated YouTube videos such as Peppa Pig.

The face of Momo originated from a sculpture by a Japanese artist.

"Our advice as always, is to supervise the games your kids play and be extremely mindful of the videos they are watching on YouTube", the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said on Facebook this week (Warning: disturbing photo).

"When we questioned my little girl, she said she had watched it and that it scared her so didn't watch it again, but my worry is that she didn't come and tell me straight away".

It has been linked to a number of deaths in other countries and has lead to fresh concerns that it is becoming popular among children and teenagers here.

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