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February 2019

  • Emergence of a worrying Internet ‘game’ – The ‘Momo Suicide Challenge.’

There have been various allegations and reports of incidents where children around the world are said to have self-harmed or even committed suicide after engaging with a fictional character, named ‘Momo,’ online.  The BBC is among those to have published articles on the subject and whilst there appears to be no conclusive evidence this is rife in the UK, the dangers of allowing youngsters to browse the internet unsupervised is very real.  This BBC article and a similar one published by The Week are well worth a read by parents to try and ensure their child(ren)’s safety online.  The Police Cyber-crime Unit have also produced this useful guidance leaflet for parents, explaining the ways in which they can help their child to make sensible choices about their online activity and the sharing of personal information.

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