The world of social media can be as scary as rewarding. A good example of this the Blue Whale challenge that surfaced a few months ago and was reported to claim the lives of more than 100 teenagers across the world, including India. Now a similar suicide-inducing game called the Momo challenge seems to have surfaced online and has parents and authorities both scared for the well-being of children in this social-media driven society.
The Momo challenge is said to work on the same lines as the Blue Whale Challenge. According to a report by Daily Mail, the game is using WhatsApp to target teenagers, where they are asked to send a message to an unknown number, in order to get instructions. These instructions have been reported to push a person to extreme behavior, which also includes taking their own life.
The game is linked with a horrifying picture of a girl that has big bulging eyes and distorted facial features. However, reports claim that the image was originally created by a Japanese artist Midori Hayashi, who seems to have no relation to the game.
At the moment, the Momo challenge is being linked to the suicide of a 12-year old girl in Argentina. The Buenos Aires Times, reported that the girl had filmed here activities before committing suicide. The authorities are also said to be on the look out for an 18-year teenager, whom the girl is believed to have met on social media.
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While there has only been one case reported so far, authorities in countries all around the world are warning parents and children to be alert of suspicious WhatsApp messages sent from unknown numbers. Parents are advised to talk to their children and at the same time also look out for strange behaviour. There are still plenty of questions around the Momo Challenge that still haven’t been answered. We urge our readers to stay safe and not indulge in any social media interaction with anybody that they might not be sure of.