A suicide game, which hacks into children’s games and television shows online, has made its way to Northeast Texas.
The game begins with violent images sent to the child over the online game, show, or WhatsApp. Then, a woman with exaggerated features comes on and tells the children how to kill themselves and that, if they don’t, she will harm them and their friends.
One mom in Paris found the disturbing game had popped up while her kindergarten-aged daughter was playing a game.
“I didn’t believe the article that was going around until Brystlee got home from school,” said Haley Brooke Mounsey. “I simply asked her if she had seen it before and the look on her face was nervousness. She said, ‘It scares you,’ I said, ‘Why?’ She said, ‘It tells me to get a knife and cut myself.’ I never told her what it said or anything to that nature.”
The creature telling the children to harm themselves is based on the work of a Japanese artist named Midori Hayashi, who is not associated with the suicide game.
How does it work?
The creature that pops up with crazy hair, bulging eyes and a creepy grin called Momo encourages the children to contact her, usually through WhatsApp. The child then receives a message request from an unknown number which then sends graphic, violent images, and instructions on how to harm themselves and others. Threats follow, ensuring the child that if they don’t do as she says, she will harm them or their friends and family.
How to keep your child safe from the Momo suicide game
Keep an open dialogue with your child. Make sure they know they can come to you if something like this happens to them.