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5-Year-Old Girl Cuts Off Her Hair Due To Momo Challenge Brainwashing, According To Her Mom

Date March 6, 2019 16:20

We all know that the internet can be a dangerous place for children due to their vulnerability to the outside world. Now, parents are getting even more worried thanks to one anonymous entity that somehow gets little children to do some really dangerous things.

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A puppet-like creature referred to as the 'Momo Challenge' pops up on seemingly innocent videos on YouTube and other online platforms to convince children to do terrible things. In addition, the Momo shows violent images to these children, which can be traumatic. 

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Parents often miss it because the video the child is watching begins as a regular cartoon or something else that's family-friendly and at some point, the video changes and the 'Momo' comes up to communicate with the child.

Parents are being warned to be very careful about their children's internet activities and this most recent story is evidence of Momo's reach.

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A 5-year-old girl has reportedly been 'brainwashed' by the Momo, who got her to cut her hair. According to the UK Sun, Momo's instructions popped up on a YouTube video the girl was watching and told her what to do.

The mom said she was surprised when she found her daughter in the bathroom with a pair of scissors and her hair all over the place. The mother was understandably shocked and devastated when the girl said that Momo made her do it.

The girl told her mother that Momo wanted everybody to be bald and that if she had long hair she would be laughed at. The child also said that Momo threatened to hurt her if she refused.

How to protect kids on the internet

How do you make sure your child is not a victim of the Momo challenge or other internet dangers? Here are a few tips to keep in mind. 

  • Monitor their internet use at all time: Apart from approving a video for watching, you should also endeavor to watch it with your child. Even if you have to be away from the screen, ask them questions about what's going on in the video and urge them to narrate what they are seeing.
  • Teach them privacy: Ensure your child knows not to reveal details like their name, school, address, etc., to strangers on the internet.
  • Monitor chats: Make sure that your child is chatting with people you know, not strangers.

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The Momo challenge has raised a lot of concerns these past few weeks and, while we may not fully understand who or what is behind these terrible things, we can all agree that all children need to be supervised even more thoroughly when they are using the internet.

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