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Further warnings issued to parents as dangerous ‘Momo Challenge’ targets children via games and apps such as Fortnite and Peppa Pig…

Parents do their best to protect their children online – but what happens when sites you’ve vetted are hacked?

The disturbing “Momo challenge” is an online “game” that encourages young people into performing dangerous acts and sends children images and instructions on how to harm themselves and/or others.

The UK’s Mirror reports that the deadly “Momo Challenge” has hacked children’s programming – appearing in the middle of YouTube Kids videos such as Peppa Pig and Fortnite.

Momo, also known as the “suicide challenge”, features an avatar of a woman with dark hair, pale skin and oversized eyes as showed below:

We are urging you to monitor what your children are watching VERY CAREFULLY and REPORT anything you see that is inappropriate.

Wayne Willcox, director of Applied Cyber Education at Georgia Southern, spoke to WSAV and gave out warnings for parents:

“The danger is if there is only one incident in the United States, let’s say, and a child sees it and a child goes out and hurts somebody or hurts themselves and we don’t have a conversation about it and we don’t make parents aware of it, are we not doing a disservice to our children?” asked Willcox… “That’s the problem. You see so many cases where there are tragedies and then suddenly we are talking about it, this is a case where let’s not have the tragedies and let’s talk about it.”

How well do you monitor your child’s online activity?

Do you have experience with the “Momo challenge?” What happened?

Tracy Marie is one of Beasley Media Detroit's Digital Program Directors. She has an obsession with fun coffee mugs, yoga pants, and Jason Momoa. She enjoys decorating, taking naps and a good coffee buzz. You can hear her on-air, Sundays 10am-3pm. Connect with her on Instagram @ItsTracyMarie.