As you might already know, Momo is a challenge which has become very widespread recently. This challenge is a scary and dangerous game which results in terror and anxiety that can hurt kids and teenagers emotionally. Experts believe Momo is as dangerous as Blue Whale challenge and parents need to be aware of its existence and its potential risks for their kids. Momo game is spreading across WhatsApp users very fast and like Blue Whale, it does not require installing any application. In this article, I will discuss some of the potential risks of this game along with some tips on how parents can protect their kids against Momo suicide challenge.
What is Momo suicide challenge?
As I have thoroughly explained in my previous articles, Momo is a Facebook account which has recently spread in WhatsApp as well. The profile picture of this account is a creepy photo of a statue representing a Japanese mythological figure. Momo suicide challenge starts when the user sends a message to Momo account and the consequences can be lethal.
Momo contact appears on your WhatsApp contacts list all of a sudden and if you send a message to it, the challenge starts. This contact has a great lot of personal information about you and starts sending creepy and threatening photos and videos. There is no end to Momo messages and this WhatsApp account can send you messages all the time.
Even if you uninstall your WhatsApp application and delete your WhatsApp account permanently, Momo will keep contacting you via text messages or calls. This is because Momo has managed to access your phone number via your WhatsApp.
But the question here is, what are the risks involved with Momo suicide challenge and how can we protect our kids against them?
Momo potential risks parents need to be aware of
Before I go on to explain anything about the threats of Momo, I must mention that WhatsApp is a fully encrypted application and WhatsApp accounts can be registered anonymously. This means that parents or even the police will have a hard time if they would want to track a particular WhatsApp account. But as you might know, on WhatsApp, your user ID is your phone number. So, how does Momo start contacting people?
Momo uses virtual numbers to create its accounts on WhatsApp and if you save that particular phone number to your phone contacts, you will allow Momo to contact you. As kids might feel curious about Momo suicide challenge, they might save these phone numbers on their phone and if they send a message, Momo will start to contact them.
When Momo contacts its victim, it will start sharing threatening photos and videos and it will ask the victim to complete some tasks which are usually dangerous and brings harm to the victim or other people around him or her. Momo will continue sending messages and asking the victim to do dangerous things until he or she feels completely desperate. Kids who became the victim of Momo suicide challenge were threatened to be cursed or robbed by Momo!
What you need to remember here is that kids and teenagers are more vulnerable to emotional pressure and if Momo continues to contact the child, the consequences can be extremely dangerous.
How to protect kids against Momo dangers
In order to stay safe from Momo, parents need to be extremely vigilant. Many experts compare this challenge to the story of Slender man in which kids were persuaded to kill their friends.
Adults may find Momo suicide challenge ridiculous, however, kids are extremely prone to falling into the trap of Momo as they usually believe every thing they see on the internet. The best thing parents can do is to keep tabs on their kids’ online activities. Your kids can access any sort of information via the internet and it’s your responsibility to keep them safe. Momo challenge, Blue Whale challenge, Mariam game, Dark Web, Deep Web and pornographic websites are all full of content which can greatly endanger your kids’ physical and mental health.
Whether it is Momo suicide challenge or any other sort of dangerous game. Our kids might be threatened by them and our responsibility is to keep them safe.
What to do if Momo contacts us?
But what to do if Momo has already contacted you or your child? How to get rid of Momo if it contacts you? The first and the best thing you can do is to delete Momo from your contacts and deactivate your WhatsApp account. If Momo keeps contacting you via text messages or calls, it is recommended that you change your phone number.
What you need to remember is that the suicide of a 12-year-old girl in Buenos Aires was related to Momo suicide challenge. So you need to take this serious and do whatever you can to protect your kids and teenagers from all the risks involved with this dangerous game.