Keeping up to date with changes and new things on the internet can be quite a challenge. We have received the following message via our safeguarding links. We do not have any further information but we thought it would be a good idea to share it. It includes some good advice from the NSPCC and also a very informative parents guide from the National Online Safety company.
The MOMO Challenge is targeted at children and young people through social media by people presenting as MOMO, a terrifying looking doll. The doll encourages them to add a contact on messaging service WhatsApp from an unknown number, once contact is made, children are subsequently bombarded with terrifying images and messages reportedly ranging from threats and dares which encourage them to self-harm.
Although known of in other parts of the world since last year, it appears to be making its way across the UK. MOMO has been associated to multiple platforms used by children including Youtube, Kidstube, Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp.
NSPCC Response & Advice for Parents: A spokesperson for the NSPCC said: "The constantly evolving digital world means a steady influx of new apps and games and can be hard for parents to keep track of. That's why it's important for parents to talk regularly with children about these apps and games and the potential risks they can be exposed to. "The NSPCC publishes advice and guidance for parents on discussing overall online safety with their children, as well as promoting Net Aware - the UK's only parental guide to social media and gaming apps.’
If adults are concerned or have any questions on how to approach the subject with their children, they can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or visit the NSPCC website. Children who are worried about their activity on apps or online games can contact Childline 24 hours a day, online and over the phone on 0800 1111.
Below are some photos from the National Online Safety Centre with some excellent knowledge and advice for parents. Have a look at them to find out more.