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Momo suicide game 'hacking Peppa Pig and Fortnite' sparking urgent warnings to parents

Birmingham Mail logo Birmingham Mail 26/02/2019 James Rodger
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Momo - the most worrying and controversial challenge in the world right now - is sparking fresh alarm.

The "suicide challenge" game is reportedly hacking Peppa Pig, Fortnite and YouTube Kids.

One school - Northcott Community Special School in Bransholme, Hull - has issued an alert.

Frantic mums and dads are being cautioned over the "disturbing" phenomenon disguised to "avoid detection by adults."

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.”

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Mum's Momo ‘suicide game’ warning after son, 7, issues chilling threat

One mum has urged fellow parents to be aware, telling fellow mothers and dads how her son warned other kids they would be "killed in their beds" while playing "Momo".

The disturbing challenge begins with a shadowy controller sending violent images to the victim via WhatsApp.

The game then threatens the player if they refuse to follow the game's 'orders'.

In her post, shared in the Love Westhoughton Facebook group, she said: "When I collected him from school the teacher asked to talk to me.

"She said ***** had made 3 kids cry by telling them that 'Momo was going to go into their room at night and kill them'.

"When we got home I spoke to him about this and he told me that some kids at school had told him to look at the 'Momo challenge' which he did."]

She added: "When ***** watched a video the 'momo' character told him to tell everyone to fear Momo or it will kill him in his sleep.

"So I have one very frightened little boy and some deep concerns about the kids in his school.

"Parent controls are as tight as could be and this **** still slips through. So if you have a child it would be well worth it to open up a dialogue about idiots online and try to get ahead of this."

The suicide of a 12-year-old girl in Ingeniero Maschwitz, in Argentina, has been linked to the game, the Buenos Aires Times reported.

Police are investigating whether she was encouraged to take her own life and are looking for an 18-year-old boy who allegedly contacted her before her death, reports Metro.

The challenge has been likened to the Blue Whale viral craze.

Blue Whale reportedly led to 130 suicides in Russia where the challenge is believed to have originated.

Reports surrounding Blue Whale suggest that after completing smaller challenges throughout the 50 days, players are encouraged to try and 'win the game' by killing themselves at the end.

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Players are given a master who controls them for 50 days and each day they are given a task to complete.

One task might be to wake up in the middle of the night and they steadily escalate with another take being for them to scratch a blue whale somewhere on their body.

On the 50th day the masters behind the game instruct the young people to commit suicide and sadly across the world some have done this.

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