School Officials Warn Parents as Dangerous 'Momo Challenge' Resurfaces
The game can involve children taking pictures of violent acts or performing tasks that are harmful to themselves.
School officials across the United States are sending warnings to parents amid reports that a dangerous social media game called the ‘Momo Challenge’ has resurfaced.
The viral game first gained attention in August after a 12-year-old girl in Argentina reportedly took her life as a result of it, according to the Buenos Aires Times.
As a part of the game, children and young adults are contacted by "Momo" and asked to participate in a series of tasks, sometimes escalating to violence and self-harm, including suicide. Participants are also reportedly asked to provide photo proof of their acts.
Two deaths in Colombia were also linked to the game, which can be found social media apps, according to The Daily Mail.
This month, officials in Barnegat and Brick Township in New Jersey sent out a notice to parents about the game, encouraging them to pay close attention to their children's social media use. It came after the Brick school district said staff discovered first-grade students discussing the challenge.
One student at Warren H. Wolf Elementary School was exposed to the game at home, Patch.com reported.
"My son ... was told by (another student) that if he did not commit suicide Momo would come to his house at 3 a.m. and stab him in the face," Bill Lardieri, a father of one student, wrote in an email to school administrators, according to the Asbury Park Press. "My son refuses to sleep alone in his room because he is so traumatized by this. He is 6. He still believes in Santa for god sake."
A school in Corpus Christi, Texas, also asked parents to monitor their children online.
"This 'game' is believed to be a way for people to hack accounts and is psychologically manipulative towards kids and teens,” Corpus Christi Montessori School wrote on their Facebook page. “Be observant of mood changes, withdrawing from social life and family, a rise in anger and any other signs of depression.”
Shane Andrews, a vlogger from Georgia, previously told InsideEdition.com he had played the game.
“I was met with some very violent images and text messages that I cannot show,” Andrews said. “The messages were scary. They said that they knew personal things about me which they couldn’t possibly know.”
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