The Momo challenge is a new viral game that has been doing the rounds in Spanish-speaking nations for up to two years and it now appears to be Irelands turn. On the surface it appears to be some kind of social media “game” crossed with urban legend; users are presented with a set of challenges that get “more difficult” as each task is completed and the game progresses. This game is not innocent, but plays on the fears and apprehension of some children and many parents.
The sick game has been designed to encourage young children to communicate with a creepy female character with straggly hair, protruding eyes and a demonic grin.
A Garda spokesman said it was aware of reports the “challenge” was circulating in Ireland but he stressed no complaints had been made to the authorities. He said parents needed to take an active role in what their children were doing and seeing on the internet and to be aware that although the internet brings great opportunities for fun, learning and socialisation, there are also risks that have to be managed, including access to harmful content or harmful contact.
Parents can support their children by making informed decisions about their children’s online use, keep a close eye on things, and have regular conversations about what their children are seeing and doing online.