Sick suicide challenge ‘Momo’ is hacking into popular children’s games including Peppa Pig, a school has warned.
Northcott Community Special School in Bransholme, Hull, has issued a caution to parents over the "disturbing" phenomenon disguised to "avoid detection by adults," reports Hull Live.
The ‘challenge’ has recently made its way to the UK, having already been linked with the suicide of a 12-year-old girl in Argentina and at least 130 teen death across Russia.
In a tweet, the school said: “We are aware that some nasty challenges (Momo challenge) are hacking into children’s programmes.
"Challenges appear midway through Kids YouTube, Fortnight, Peppa pig to avoid detection by adults.
“Please be vigilant with your child using IT, images are very disturbing.”
The ‘Momo challenge’, which targets youngsters, begins with a shadowy controller sending violent images to the victim over WhatsApp or online games.
It threatens the player if they refuse to follow ‘orders’.
There are claims some of the threats include children being “killed in their sleep”, and users are told to harm themselves and even kill themselves.
It is understood to have started to pop-up in the middle of harmless, children-orientated YouTube programmes.
The avatar character is the work of Japanese artist Midori Hayashi, who is not associated with the game and it has been reported that the story began as a meme, even if it has now morphed into something more real.
The NSPCC say children should not feel pressured into doing anything that makes them feel unsafe.
A spokesperson said: “Children can find it difficult to stand up to peer pressure but they must know it’s perfectly okay to refuse to take part in crazes that make them feel unsafe or scared.
“Parents should talk with their children and emphasise that they can make their own choices and discuss ways of how to say no.
“Reassuring a child that they can still be accepted even if they don’t go along with the crowd will help stop them doing something that could hurt them or make them uncomfortable.”
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