The 'Momo Challenge' Is Taking Children To Dark Places Online -- Here Is What Parents Can Do To Protect Them

The "Momo Challenge" is getting a lot of attention online and authorities are urging parents to monitor their children's activities online and to be careful.

The 'Momo Challenge' Is Taking Children To Dark Places Online -- Here Is What Parents Can Do To Protect Them441
source: Yahoo News

The "Momo Challenge" has sent a panic wave that has forced authorities and celebrities all over the world including in Europe, Argentina, and the United States to plead with parents to better monitor their children when they are watching innocent videos on WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube, and other apps.

The "Momo Challenge" has sent a panic wave that has forced authorities and celebrities all over the world including in Europe, Argentina, and the United States to plead with parents to better monitor their children when they are watching innocent videos on WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube, and other apps.

Momo is a bizarre-looking creature, which is based off a Japanese statue that first appeared online in 2016.

While children are watching cartoons or playing games, the strange creature appears and asks the young viewers to take part in the dangerous "Momo Challenge" which consists of doing things like leaving the oven on while their parents are sleeping or to commit suicide.

Authorities in Argentina say a young girl died after taking part in the challenge.

Brittany Roussell, a mother in New Orleans, Louisiana, recently posted a viral video sharing her daughter, Bre-Andria Roussell's experience with Momo.

She explained: "My daughter turned it off because when [Momo] shows her whole body she is naked and her breasts show. Let them know she is not real, and harming yourself or anybody else will hurt, and it’s bad."

Police in Northern Ireland has decided to address the matter via a public announcement hoping to prevent a deadly incident.

In a Facebook post, the Irish authorities stated: "One video of such an interaction in America I've seen, shows an ominous-sounding voice recording being sent to a child telling them to take a knife to their own throat."

The post went on to say: "Another threatens family if a 'challenge' is not completed. It's chilling viewing. There are numerous variations and of course now imitators."

Kim Kardashian West, a mother of three young children, has taken to social media to beg YouTube to take action.

Mrs. Kardashian West shared a post that read: “It doesn’t come on instantly, so it’s almost as if it waits for you to leave the room then comes on in mid-show. It’s been seen on Peppa Pig, LOL DOLL, those surprise eggs, and a few others.”  

After the scary story went viral, YouTube decided to address the matter in a statement that read: “Contrary to press reports, we’ve not received any recent evidence of videos showing or promoting the "Momo Challenge" on YouTube. Content of this kind would be in violation of our policies and removed immediately.”