Only coming to the attention of parents now are terrifying videos called the Momo Challenge. This ‘social media trend’ will make you want to check on your kids and their viewing activities.
Kids fall victim to terrifying Momo Challenge
Moms, keep a look out. This challenge instructs kids to harm themselves as well as others around them. Popular streaming apps, YouTube and YouTube Kids, are linked to these disturbing videos. While on the apps, kids jump from video to video, watching cartoons and completely innocent content. Or so parents thought. In the middle of viewing, a clip of a distressing-looking statue pops up. Afterwards, ‘it’ talks to the unknowing kids, telling them to do unspeakable things while also threatening them. The ‘Momo’ tells kids that if they told their parents about it, they will harm them.
The death of an Argentinian girl is linked to the Momo Challenge, which sparked the online controversy. When other parents asked their kids about it, they describe their kids immediately crying and falling into their arms. The impressionable audiences then recount the horrifying clips and images they’ve seen.
While the Momo Challenge supposedly began on YouTube and YouTube Kids, clips are also shared on social media and messaging apps.
How can you keep your kids from being exposed to the Momo Challenge?
What you can do, first of all, is to sit down with your kid. Ask them if they’ve encountered any of the upsetting videos. Whether they have or haven’t, take this opportunity to explain that people will tell them to do things they don’t want to or they think isn’t right. In those moments, reassure them that they can approach you for your opinion on the matter.
Second, delete apps where users are free to upload their own content—especially if you have younger kids. In this fast-paced world, it’s pretty impossible to monitor every single thing your kid watches. At the same time, it’s also quite difficult to keep kids away from devices and the internet completely. Stick to streaming apps like Netflix or DisneyLife. On these platforms, you’re reassured that your kids are watching cartoons and movies that haven’t been tampered with.