Thursday, 2 August 2018

Momo: Parents warned over sick WhatsApp 'suicide game'.

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Parents have been warned about a new sick WhatsApp 'suicide' game called Momo that could be next Blue Whale.
The disturbing new online game which targets young people has emerged on Whatsapp.
Parents are being warned that 'Momo' could be the next Blue Whale – a vile and dangerous social media game linked to at least 130 teen deaths across Russia.
Momo begins with a shadowy controller sending violent images to the victim over the messaging app.
The game then threatens the player if they refuse to follow the game's 'orders'.
The avatar for Momo is a haunting image of a woman with grotesque features and bulging eyes taken from the work of Japanese artist Midori Hayashi, who is not associated with the game.


Parents have been warned the Momo game could become the next Blue Whale
Parents have been warned the Momo game could become the next Blue Whale


Cops in Argentina are investigating if the suicide of a 12-year-old girl in the town of Ingeniero Maschwitz near Buenos Aires is linked to Momo.
She filmed a video on her phone shortly before she died, reports the Buenos Aires Times.
Officers suspect someone encouraged her to take her own life and are investigating an unidentified 18-year-old teenager believed to have been in contact with the girl.
A police statement said: "The phone has been hacked to find footage and WhatsApp chats, and now the alleged adolescent with whom she exchanged those messages is being sought.”
They added they believe the teenager's “intention was to upload the video to social media as part of a challenge crediting the Momo game" for the suicide.
Police in Argentina are investigating if the suicide of a 12-year-old girl in Buenos Aires is linked to Momo
Police in Argentina are investigating if the suicide of a 12-year-old girl in Buenos Aires is linked to Momo and have warned parents to be vigilant


Authorities in Mexico have also started an information campaign to warn youngsters and parents about Momo.
The Computer Crime Unit of Tabasco said: "The risk of this challenge among young people and minors is that criminals can use it to steal personal information, incite suicide or violence, harass, extort and generate physical and psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression and insomnia.”
Blue Whale was a horrifying social media phenomenon where youngsters were encouraged to undertake horrific daily tasks including self-harming, watching horror films and waking up at unusual hours.
The tasks, issued by manipulative social media users, escalate until the 50th day when youngsters are told to kill themselves.
Commenting on Blue Whale, the NSPCC say children should not feel pressured into doing anything that makes them feel unsafe.
“Parents should talk with their children and emphasise that they can make their own choices and discuss ways of how to say no.
“Reassuring a child that they can still be accepted even if they don’t go along with the crowd will help stop them doing something that could hurt them or make them uncomfortable.”
Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at jo@samaritans.org


Story culled from The Mirror.


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