You might be hearing about a new ‘fad’ or craze on the internet called ‘Momo’.
The ‘Momo game’ is a ‘suicide game’ that is trying to encourage children to commit dangerous acts towards themselves or their parents.
You may be asking yourself; why don’t the parents simply monitor which websites their children use, or use a child filter on their web browsers?
Unfortunately, some sick individuals have taken to uploading videos of Peppa Pig and other popular children’s programmes with the terrifying Momo mask spliced in the middle of it; meaning that what should be completely innocent child-friendly videos, can quickly become terrifying ordeals for the children watching them.
The trick that the individuals seem to use is they only splice in the new footage halfway through a video, when a watchful parent would normally look away, safe in the knowledge that the video was suitable, leaving the child watching extremely vulnerable to the instructions and horrific visage of Momo.
Only a few miles away from Preston, Haslingden Primary School, Rossendale, near Blackburn said in a statement: ‘We have become increasingly aware of highly inappropriate videos circulating online and are being viewed by children across the school.
‘These video clips are appearing on many social media sites and YouTube (including Kids YouTube).
‘One of the videos starts innocently, like the start of a Peppa Pig episode for example, but quickly turn into an altered version with violence and offensive language.
‘As you can imagine, this is highly distressing for the children to view. We encourage you to be vigilant when your child is using any device or watching any clips.’
As a teacher myself, I can only reiterate the message to keep monitoring your child’s online activity to ensure your child is safe on the internet.
Latest media reports suggest that Momo is completely fictional and that there have been no instances of violence caused, however, the scare, real or false, has reminded parents and teachers alike that children can be very vulnerable on the internet.