Momo victim, 7, terrified after bug-eyed character ‘popped up in YouTube Fortnite video’
A TERRIFIED seven-year-old has described seeing bug-eyed Momo character pop up on his screen while watching a YouTube video.
Worried mum Khamara Ashby said she was sickened after her son Cairo saw the creepy character holding a knife while he watched a video about Fortnite.
Khamara’s seven-year-old son Cairo, pictured, saw Momo while watching gaming videos on his lunch break at school[/caption]
His younger sister Nana, 5, begged their mum to stop saying ‘Momo’ in a heartbreaking clip[/caption]
Concerned mum Khamara Ashby says her kids were terrified by the creepy character[/caption]
Khamara, of Auckland, New Zealand, said Cairo was at school watching YouTube Fortnite videos with pals when the Momo character “popped up in the middle of the gameplay video” like a “TV ad”.
The boys were told if they stopped watching “Momo will kill your parents tonight”, she told the NZ Herald.
Khamara then sat down her children to ask what they had seen before posting a clip of the conversation on Facebook to warn other parents.
In the footage uploaded online her daughter Nana is seen begging her to stop saying “Momo”, fearing it will kill her.
We need to get Momo out of our lives.
Worried Mum Khamara Ashby
“Can you stop saying that?” the tot asks as her older shaken brother says “I don’t want to talk about it”.
The pair say they were both scared by Momo’s eyes and feared she “was going to come in real life and kill us”.
Reassuring her children, Khamara says: “Momo is fake. When she pops up on you TVs or tablets the first thing you do is tell mummy.
“Because what Momo is going to say when she pops up on your TV is: ‘Don’t tell you mum, don’t tell your dad or else I’ll kill you.’
“I want you to come running to mummy or daddy.”
She adds: “This is serious. I’m not joking and I’m not playing. We need to get Momo out of our lives.”
Khamara also described the moment she first asked Cairo about Momo.
She explained: “He broke down crying and said ‘I’m sorry mum, you and dad are going to die now. I’m sorry mum’.”
Her warning post from yesterday afternoon has already been shared over 81,000 times and has over 29,000 comments, including supportive messages from other parents.
It reads: “My son came across this ‘Momo’ character through a bunch of school friends hanging out at lunch time watching Fortnight youtube videos on his friends phone.
“It appeared about half way through the video as if it was ‘A TV Ad’ my son said, they all got scared & was told ‘If they stop watching, Momo will kill your parents tonight’ so they continued to watch.
“Please parents, sit down and have a quick chat to your child about this as they might feel like they have to keep it a secret to keep us safe.”
Is Momo a hoax?
The Momo challenge is believed to have originated in South America.
The creepy face of a Japanese sculpture was reportedly hijacked and spread around WhatsApp, along with instructions to entice children into performing a series of dangerous tasks including violent attacks and suicide.
In recent days police and schools have issued warnings about the challenge existing in the UK and a number of parents have said their children have been exposed to it.
MP Andrea Leadsom even told the House of Commons, she was ‘extremely concerned’ about it.
But confusingly UK charities and internet experts have said the challenge is a hoax.
The Samaritans and the NSPCC said there is no evidence anyone has come to physical harm and YouTube have claimed “We have found no evidence of videos showing or promoting the Momo challenge on YouTube.”
While it appears the challenge itself may not have reached the UK, sick copycats have been traumatising children by splicing the creepy video – showing a bug-eyed girl – into Peppa Pig cartoons and Fortnite gameplay footage.
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Parents have reported their kids connecting with Momo on WhatsApp who then sends instructions for them to harm, or even kill, themselves.
The game itself centres around the disturbing image of a woman with grotesque features and bulging, black-ringed eyes.
Mobile phone numbers have appeared online asking internet users to add them on WhatsApp to play the game.
FOR KIDS: How to say no
It can sometimes be hard to stand up to your friends, so Childline offers the following tips on how to say no:
1) Say it with confidence:
Be assertive. It’s your choice and you don’t have to do something which makes you feel unsafe or uncomfortable.
2) Try not to judge them:
By respecting their choices, they should respect yours.
3) Spend time with friends who can say ‘no’:
It takes confidence and courage to say no to your friends. Spend time with other friends who also aren’t taking part.
4) Suggest something else to do:
If you don’t feel comfortable doing what your friends are doing, suggest something else to do.
Any child worried about peer pressure or online worries can contact Childline on 0800 1111.
Khamara with her two children in Auckland, New Zealand[/caption]
Khamara Ashby posted the video with a warning to other mums[/caption]
FOR PARENTS: How to talk about peer pressure
1) Create the right situation:
Make sure you both have time to talk, the atmosphere is relaxed, and remember that this is a conversation, not an interrogation.
Avoid solely talking at them. Listen to their concerns and their experiences.
3) Acknowledge their worries:
Dismissing their feelings will only shut down the conversation and make them reluctant to talk about what’s bothering them.
4) Help them practise ways of saying no:
Rehearsing with them ways to stand up to peer pressure and coming up with alternatives for them will build their confidence.
5) Keep the conversation going:
Let them know that they can always come to you if they have more worries, and take an interest in how they get on saying “no”. Any adult who wants advice on how to talk to their child about peer pressure can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000.
- To contact NSPCC, you can call the helpline on 0808 800 5000 or children under 18 can call 0800 1111
- If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this article, the Samaritans can be contacted on 020 7734 2800