Momo challenge, it’s all over the news, and it is alarming! It targets our children, and it has caused death already. As parents, do we really understand the effect of similar games to our kids? Do we understand how they process these absurd challenges? We believe that it is the high time for us to further understand this Momo fiasco so we know how to protect our kids.
What is this Momo challenge?
This ‘game’ uses Whatsapp messaging and tries to contact children. It is believed that the game started in Japan wherein ‘Momo’ will dare kids to do strange activities, to the point of self-harm and even death. Momo will then threaten the kids if they do not abide to her requests. For older people, this is easy to ignore. But our kids are different. They are still in the developing stage, and fiction might seem real to them. And even if the character is obviously fake, the feelings of our children are as real as it can get.
Note: There are sources saying that the news is fake, or that the Momo challenge does not exist. Nevertheless, it is always better to prepare our kids.
Reported deaths allegedly caused by Momo challenge
Self-harm is already bad, but a young person committing suicide is just unimaginable. And this is what happened to a 12-year-old girl from Buenos Aires. She recorded the last minutes of her life and authorities believe that she followed Momo’s instructions that led to her untimely death.
Similarly, an 11-year-old boy in the Philippines overdosed himself. It is also believed that he did so as instructed by Momo. It also caused death.
This could be your own kids, so you have to take action!
Its effects on your children
Anyone, most especially kids, who experience harm, injury, or violence may develop a mental health problem commonly known as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. With the outrageous activities that this Momo challenge brings, it is not far from reality that kids exposed to this will be greatly affected.
Symptoms or signs to watch out for
- Having nightmares
- Always nervous
- Alarming doodles and drawings
- Detaching from families and friends
- Not wanting to play
- Not wanting to eat
If you think your kids are already suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder, the best solution is to take them to the experts. By doing so, they can provide professional help. Remember that kids who are suffering from such can be very aggressive, and at times violent. We have to be careful with our words and actions, and thus a need for an expert’s advice.
How to protect your kids from Momo challenge and similar games
It is important to take necessary precautions as parents. Here are some of the things you can do in order to shield your children from similar games like this Momo challenge.
Limit the use of gadgets
We all know that in today’s age, kids are already using mobile gadgets. We do not encourage you to totally stop them from using it because the technology also has its benefits. But it is important that you limit it. Set a strict rule on when they can watch, and stick to it. Instead of being online, you can use the time to play with them. This way, they will not need a ‘playmate’ which might turn out to be a bad influence.
Monitor their online activity
It is highly recommended that you check their online activity. Filter the websites and check the history.
Maintain open lines of communication
Just in case you see something strange or odd, do not panic. Instead, talk to your kids as calm as possible and explain the situation objectively. In the case of Momo challenge, be clear that it isn’t real and that the challenges, most especially suicide, should never be entertained.
Remember, our kids are vulnerable and they are the easy targets. You have to protect them and to ensure that they are also ready to deal with similar situations. We cannot let such a pathetic game ruin another life.