Stacey Solomon reveals fears for children over horrifying Momo Challenge

Gardaí warn Longford parents to be vigilant with their children online as disturbing'Momo challenge encourages self-harm

The "Momo Challenge" is making the round across social media once more, after going viral in early 2016 - and it's being linked to the deaths of several children. The Momo character-using the image of a Japanese sculpture called "Mother Bird"-reportedly begins the game with relatively benign challenges that quickly escalate".

While its creator is not affiliated in any way with the game, the Momo creation and accompanying challenges have increasingly been edited into videos designed for young children.

The challenges are simple at first, but can escalate to harming themselves or others, even committing suicide.

MOMO came to prominence in September after a 12 year-old girl and a 16 year-old boy, both from Colombia, are thought to have taken their own lives after taking part in the MOMO challenge.

The Momo challenge, the unsafe online "suicide game" that's played on Whatsapp, Facebook and YouTube, is in the news again after two mothers expressed fears that it's made its way into British playgrounds.

Momo targets young children on social media.

Kim speaks out against the Momo Challenge. She wants other parents to be on the lookout for threats coming after children.

The Daily Mail reported the game is linked to two children's deaths, and, in recent months, officials around the country have warned parents about the game and changes in their kids' behavior.

"Momo" is a game where the controller encourages children to harm themselves after sending them violent messages via social media or messaging apps.

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"One video of such an interaction in America I've seen, shows an ominous-sounding voice recording being sent to a child telling them to take a knife to their own throat".

It starts when the user - normally children - receive an invitation to message Momo - a creepy doll figure with bulging eyes.

Even though YouTube monitor and remove videos that include inappropriate content, clips can be uploaded and viewed thousands of times before they get reported and removed.

Roussell offered advice to other parents, saying: "Ask your children about Momo, show the pictures and talk openly with them".

"It has also been suggested that "Momo" has infected a number of platforms, including YouTube, Fortnite and WhatsApp".

He said: 'It is really worrying.

"The challenges issued in this game present a serious risk to the safety, welfare and well being of young people in our school and in the United Kingdom".

The orders become increasingly violent and risky, including instructions to threaten others and self-harm.

'As parents, it's all too easy sometimes to hand over a device to a child for that few minutes peace but there can be devastating consequences if they are left un-supervised'.

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