The age of YouTube Challenges
The internet is full of challenges. Some are silly (Silly Salmon), and some are even for good (Ice Bucket Challenge) while others can be perceived as dangerous as the current Momo Challenge. There has been a lot of press and buzz about the Momo Challenge so we thought it would be helpful to give you the real deal on this challenge and some strategies to help navigate these types of reports in the future.
What is the MOMO Challenge?
A recurring viral hoax that recently resurfaced includes a creepy image that finds its way into different social media outlets specifically YouTube. It is reported the challenge lures children to harm themselves by the threat of humiliation.
What makes it dangerous?
The challenge is rumored that it asks kids to do dangerous things that could harm themselves. However, there is no evidence nor any credible reports of children who have actually participated in the challenge.
What should you do?
Use this as a teachable moment. Get the facts, explain to your kids that it is not real and educate them about being careful online. That includes assessing the authenticity and credibility of online sources and asking themselves is the content is appropriate.
While you can't keep up with all the challenges, you can use these as teaching opportunities as well as monitor your children's online behavior and activity.