North-east parents told not to panic over Momo Challenge

Gardaí warn Longford parents to be vigilant with their children online as disturbing'Momo challenge encourages self-harm

Northcott Community Special School took to Twitter to make parents aware of the hack.

United Kingdom schools this week have also issued warnings about the game.

"We have spoken with children without frighting them, which is the key".

Reports of the game first surfaced in the summer of 2018, but some parents say this is the first they are hearing about it.

Haslingden Primary School also cautioned that children's video clips on YouTube could be interrupted by a "warped white mask which is promoting children to do risky tasks without telling their parents".

They said that the clips appear in the middle of seemingly innocent videos of children's cartoon Peppa Pig, or computer game Fortnite.

Their caution includes a factsheet telling parents what the challenge entails, how children are becoming absorbed by the game and what they should do if they are asked to play the game.

When children participate in the challenge, they contact a stranger concealing themself as "Momo" using a creepy image and communicate primarily through the Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp.

Make sure that parental controls are set up for all devices at home to help restrict what your child can see.

"How many people watching this have sat down and had the talk with their children about what they're doing online, who they're communicating with what they're sharing?"

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CBS News said the app reminds parents they can supervise and block any games they deem harmful.

Not only will this give you an understanding of their online actions, but those honest and frequent conversations will encourage your child to feel confident to discuss issues and concerns they may have related to the online world. - Parents are warning about the latest trend on social media and online that could direct your kid to take their own life.

Education safeguarding advisor for Kent County Council, Rebecca Avery, posted advice on The Education People - a trading company for the council - about the challenge.

He said: "It is something that came out of the blue". It is believed to either be created as a scam to extract personal information or as an urban legend type hoax, and is based on a meme of a sculpture.

It's important for you, as a parent or carer, to be present while your children are online.

People filming like kinder surprise reveals and it's actually talking about the game and other things.

'In the vehicle on the way home from school yesterday, I asked Honey or Ronnie if they knew what "Momo" meant?

'Honey said she'd never watched a video of this sick freak telling her to do bad or risky things but that she's popped up in loads of innocent kids videos on YouTube, where her neck twists round or she'll walk across the screen!

"We are aware that some nasty challenges (Momo challenge) are hacking into children's programmes".