Cyberbullying ‘Momo Challenge’
(Innisfil, Bradford, ON) South Simcoe Police Service would like to alert the public to a cyberbullying phenomenon that encourages young people to complete dangerous tasks including self-harm. We are urging parents to warn their children not to engage in the so-called “Momo Challenge,” a game spread across social media that targets children and youth. We have not received any reports regarding this online challenge but would like the community to be aware.
We advise parents to have conversations with your children and teens about the risks associated with engaging in online “challenges.” Parents need to stay informed about online risks. Advise your children never to respond to a text or online message from someone they do not know.
The “Momo Challenge”involves users receiving an invitation on social messaging platforms, including WhatsApp, Snapchat and Fortnite to message an account called “Momo.” Momo, a scary looking female figure, asks to be contacted through a social media site and then asks the person to perform a series of dangerous tasks including self-harm.
If contacted by a Momo account, block the number immediately and do not respond to it.
For information and resources on protecting your children from online dangers visit https://protectkidsonline.ca/app/en/ or https://www.cybertip.ca/app/en/internet_safety