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West MI mother warns of ‘Momo Challenge,’ dangerous viral game

IONIA Mich. — A disturbing trend is causing concern for parents in West Michigan.

You may have seen warnings about the 'Momo Challenge' being shared on social media.

Experts want to emphasize, while the 'Momo Challenge' may be in the spotlight right now, parents should always be watching what their kids are doing on the internet.

The challenge can pop up almost anywhere from WhatsApp to videos on YouTube Kids.

There are reports of children as young as 6 years old encountering a creepy woman before she tells them to do a challenge. The challenges are simple at first, but can escalate to harming themselves or others, even committing suicide.

West Michigan mother of four Krista Arnold, said she first heard about the Momo Challenge when her 7-year-old daughter told her Momo challenged her to hurt her baby sister.

She spoke with her school counselor about the incident and her daughter never bought Momo up again. But now, she and others want parents to be aware of what damage this challenge can do.

"Just be aware of what your children are watching, what they are saying to other children and make sure they are aware of what MoMo might be but that it's not real," says Arnold.

Chris McKenna, founder of Protect Young Eyes, urges parents to prepare their children for what happens when they run into dark content.

"As parents, if we want our kids to be spending time in those places, we just have to make sure that they’re equipped to know what to do when they run into some of that dark, or unhealthy, or in this case, self-harm content," McKenna said.

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9 comments

    • prefer not to say

      well if you go to youtube the normal one and just put in m the first search suggestion says momo so its not a millennial problems. this is targeting young kids and young kids are easily influenced so if your smart you can see whats going on. have a nice day

      • J.B.

        It is a millennial problem…
        Who else is letting their 6 year old children use the internet/youtube as a babysitter?
        This might come as a shock, but 20 years ago the world was a very different place…no momo…no tide pods..etc..;)

  • jo

    The Momo Challenge is in fact a hoax and the image shown is from a Japanese horror art installation that was cropped and reposted online. There are many other concerning things online, specifically in YouTube kids, but thankfully this is not one of them.

  • Nope

    Momo has been around since I was 13 and I’m now 23 all these videos tampons an challenges have been around before I even got into middle school.. then all a sudden it’s up an running again.. it’s the fucking government that’s why the government said that they cant find no ip an their is no trace to whomever behind it.. then the accusations started against trump an right after that a video pops up again.. it’s the GOVERNMENT

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