Momo Challenge game: Govt tells parents to monitor their kids’ online activities

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The game starts by a girl’s distorted face that looks extremely disturbing with bulging eyes and a wide mouth. The image of the girl is a creation of Japanese artist Midori Hayashi, who is not associated with the game in any way.

WCD Ministry advises people not to mention about “Momo challenge” to their children unless they already know about it

The Hush Post: Alarmed by the dangerous “Momo Challenge” game, the Centre has issued an advisory for the parents.

The Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) has cautioned the parents against the ‘Momo challenge‘. It has asked them to monitor their children’s online activities to ensure they are not engaging in the game.

The WCD Ministry has given signs to look for in kids that might indicate their involvement in the game. The Ministry has asked the people to “keep their eyes open” about their children, a report said.

The government has advised people to not to mention about the Momo challenge unless the child already knows about it. The advisory said that by doing so would increase the chance that the child will search for it.

The government has asked parents to remain alert if there is a sudden increase in new phone numbers and email contacts in their device.

“Monitor your children’s online and social media activity to ensure they are not engaging with this challenge. Parents should take reports from child counsellor present in the school at regular intervals,” the advisory reads.

It has also advised to install a good cyber or mobile parenting software which helps the parents in monitoring children.

Momo is a social media account on WhatsApp, Facebook, and YouTube.  It uses the image of a horror artwork to induce curiosity among children, challenging them to communicate with an unknown number.

The account shows to be connected to three numbers in Japan. The challenge consists of a variety of self-harming dares and it ends with a suicide challenge. If a user refuses to follow the game’s orders, Momo threatens them with violent images.

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