Momo, Oh No You Don’t, Not In Our Children’s World

Momo, Oh No You Don’t, Not In Our Children’s World
By Gail Hodson Shirk, SOR News Wire

More and more stories about the Momo Challenge are going viral, and along with them, the public is requiring answers to needful questions; just how far-reaching is the Momo Challenge, and who is behind it? I have seen one video of Momo, and can say without any doubt, one video was too many, and the intentions of its creator was not for the betterment of anyone.

It is dangerous and chilling to know something as vile as this is skulking about in the cyberspace playground accessed by children.  This is a sample of how egregious Momo’s presence is:

The latest scare is supposed to be a video of Peppa Pig, who is going on a picnic with her family. But reports state about three minutes into the video, a distorted face with grotesque, bulging eyes appears, and a creepy robotic voice begins speaking. “Slice your leg and you’ll never meet me. Slice your wrists and your parents will never see me.” Another video zooms in on the character as it sings, “Momo is going to kill you.”  Then the viewers are told to call or text the number they see on the screen. Further reports allege that contact with this number is followed by dares to inflict self-harm or take one’s life.

Despite the abundance of reports and warnings, it remains unclear how many Momo videos actually exist. Some have relegated this phenomenon into the ranks of urban legend, and are attempting to combat increased attention to it by denying its actual existence. YouTube has taken action by removing any suspicious videos, making it impossible to determine how widespread the Challenge had become. YouTube said, “Contrary to press reports, we’ve not received any recent evidence of videos showing or promoting the Momo challenge on YouTube. Content of this kind would be in violation of our policies and removed immediately.”

The only redeeming value in this ghastly attack on childhood, is a wakeup call to parents regarding children’s unsupervised use of the Internet as an electronic babysitter. There is a place for electronics in  childhood’s world; however, not to the exclusion of parental supervision. No child is equipped to manage all that is available on the Internet, and a parent’s discretion and monitoring is essential for healthy viewing, interaction, and wellbeing of the most vulnerable population in our dynamic society. Let’s just do it, all right?

(Photo courtesy Times of India)

The opinions expressed in this article are of the writer and the writer only, and may not reflect the opinions of Spaced Out Radio and SOR Media Ventures Ltd.

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