Unless you live under a rock, you will no doubt have heard about the so called “Momo Challenge” and all the click bait surrounding it.
There have been loads of challenges of late, from Dancing Challenges – remember the “Kiki Challenge”:
To the Ice Bucket Challenge:
And now the so called “Momo Challenge”. The hype surrounding this has been incredible, from claims that kids have cut off thier hair to being petrified at night. According to Snopes, the “Momo challenge is supposedly a form of cyberbullying prevalent on platforms such as WhatsApp and YouTube, through which children receive anonymous threatening messages tied to pictures of “Momo,” an unrelated sculpture of a grinning figure with dark hair and bulging eyes “
This has been doing the rounds on Social Media, including:
However, despite all the hype and the viral message on Facebook, with claims that Momo has been inserted into Youtube Videos of Peppa Pig and has taken over or “hacked” Youtube Kids, there seems to be very little in the way of evidence. Again, to Quote Snopes:
“Even the viral warning from a mother in Westhoughton (in the Borough of Bolton) that inspired the recent UK press coverage referenced above acknowledged that her son was never actually contacted by “Momo” but had instead been told by “some kids at school … to look at the Momo Challenge.”
So, before you rip the router from your house, switch off wifi and put that tin hat on have a think about the facts, read the articles but make up your own mind – do you think Momo is little more than an overhyped viral scam? Let us know in the comments below.
Further reading about this can be found on Snopes