This world is full of horrible things. Things like racism, sexism, and murder happening on a daily basis.
Now there are people creating things that are hurting our children.
Have you heard of the Momo challenge?
Momo is a social media account that can be
Momo starts with little challenges like waking up at odd hours of the night or overcoming a fear; then the challenges take a very sinister turn, such as asking you to post photos or videos of cutting your arms or legs, jumping off of a roof, or other dangerous and risky activities.
As the challenges intensify, the last thing Momo pressures you to do is to commit suicide. If the user fails to accept or pass any of the challenges, Momo sends even more threatening and violent images and texts until the user is coerced into doing the challenge. If none of these pressuring tactics work, Momo threatens to visit you in person, or while you’re sleeping and curse you.
The challenge has allegedly been linked to the death of a 12-year-old girl in Argentina. It was reported that she was communicating with the Momo social media account right before she filmed her suicide.
As a parent, we have a responsibility to keep our kids safe. There are so many dangers nowadays, and the list keeps growing.
Something we can do as parents are to talk to our kids about the Momo Challenge. Ask them if they know what it is. Have they heard of it? Have they tried it? If they don’t know about it, share the dangers associated with the challenge. Discuss a plan that includes what they can do if they receive a message with the Momo Challenge.
It is also important to create a social media contract with your kids.
If your child is on social media, they need guidance and accountability. Knowing what is appropriate to share, what photos to post, and how to respond to other’s social media postings takes practice–and parents need to set an example and teach their kids.
Let's fight these terrible things by making our kids aware, and teaching them how to handle these types of things. Even if your kid doesn't get into trouble or follow all the trends such as joining the social media challenges, it's still important to talk to our kids, too help them understand exactly what is going on. Maybe they have friends that are into that sort of thing and they can help their friends be safe as well.