But the challenge to Momo, the experts will tell you, probably, is not something that bothered.
The problem is that the latest viral anxieties / social media – fad / city legend discuss parenting groups and schools in Facebook. It is described as a "suicide game" that combines percussion images and concealed messages, and it probably encourages children to try dangerous tricks, including suicide.
Earlier this week, Momo was the main new Google search team in the US, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
However, as far as is known, there is practically no evidence to prove that this is actually a real thing.
Let's break it, so you can take care of other things again.
The challenge is difficult to determine …
The picture usually consists of (pretty scary) dolls with long hair and convex eyes. The horrible sculpture is actually a work of a Japanese company with special effects called Link Factory, and she, along with the artist and the company, has nothing to do with the so-called "challenge". Messages that accompany the image encourage children to do destructive things, such as hurting their loved ones, putting themselves in dangerous situations or even killing oneself. So far, in addition to social media messages, several UK schools have warned parents about calling Momo. The UK security organization claims hundreds of worried parents have asked them questions. In the United States, several departments of the sheriff have written a report to their parents.
… and the threat is anecdotal at best
This seems to be a cause for concern. But here's what: anyone can post anything on YouTube at any time, so it's impossible to say that there are no terrible videos floating around that display malicious content. Is this a problem that deserves special attention? Experts do not think so.
But publicity can give the idea of trolls
Although there seems to be little evidence that Momo Charlege is something special, What needs to be worried, Mikkelson points out that the attention surrounding the problem may ironically lead to the creation of video clips. t Momo.
"Now that legend Momo Challenge is there, some people used the character Momo, to intimidate and mock youth through WhatsApp or putting it on the videos? There may have been some discrepancies in this, "he says.
Jill Murphy, vice president and editor-in-chief of Common Sense Media, tells CNN that calling Momo Challenge on parental (often justified) fears about how social media platforms regulate the content.
"So it was still a while. And the reason that it is likely to receive the kind of supervision and attention that it receives through its appearance in the content of younger children, "she says." And because of this, and because of accessibility, coupled with frustration for parents, I I think it's just a fever, "Here's another thing that YouTube puts on children and takes no responsibility around." [19659002
So, parents must take control …
Murphy says, caring around the call Momo may have less relation to the challenge itself and more about the feelings of parents when you look at the barrel of millions uncontrolled YouTube videos and confusing, ever-changing social media programs. Thus, according to both Murphy and Michelson, the solution is clear: know what your children are watching and how they watch it.
"We urge everyone to disclose the messages they receive and not be too panicist," says Murphy. "But since it reminds us and puts out the challenges of the YouTube platform for parents – not knowing if they can trust content – I think that's what's happening the most."
Mikkelson encourages parents to "keep abreast of what your children use of social media and make sure they understand that they should tell you if they face something online that seems harmful or threatening."
… and know that these mysteries are not new
If you feel the case of dejavu, this is because "suicide attacks", urban myths online and other horror stories on the Internet arise all the time.