The second NOS recommendation is for parents or carers to be present while the children are online.
At Lordswood the message to parents asked them to "be aware" of the advert popping up on children's games and apps which could be "very distressing".
Reports of a social media game called the "Momo Challenge" resurfaced online this week. "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".
CBS News reported that officials in Argentina investigated the game after a 12-year-old died, but details of the case are spurious. A father in France filed a complaint with the State Department after his son killed himself.
And the Belgian Public Prosecutor's Office reported in November 2018 that a 13-year-old boy had been the victim of the "Momo Challenge" and hanged himself. "Challenges appear midway through Kids YouTube, Fortnight, Peppa pig to avoid detection by adults", the Northcott Community Special School in Hull, England, wrote on Twitter.
Momo begins with a shadowy controller sending violent images to the victim's mobile phone via the popular messaging app. This is why this "challenge" is being brought back up.
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The team agreed to be aware of the problem and stated that they are working on ways to resolve the issue and keep viewers safe. Most shocking of all, Watson shows that videos of this nature were monetized and ran ads from YouTube's advertising partners.
YouTube's full statement: "Our Community Guidelines prohibit harmful and risky challenges, including promoting the Momo challenge, and we remove this content quickly when flagged to us".
"Effectively it can start with something relatively minor, like "jump off a small wall" through to cutting, through to more serious acts of self-harm".
"The way you want to have it is talking about how there are people out there in the world who might try to convince you to do bad things might try to convince you to do things that you don't want to do", Dr. Wald said. But, over time, the missions become more unsafe and drastic, and the viewers are told to commit self-harm or even suicide.
There's also another video on the internet that is going around now, in the middle of a kids video, encouraging the slitting of their wrists. But the "supernatural" threat here isn't totally specious, and topics like this need to be addressed-it's possible that a child could injure themselves because they think some ghost or ghoul is really going to hurt them or their families. No. But I've heard stories from people around Central New York saying their children have seen this character in videos on YouTube where it shouldn't be, and their kids were scared to talk about it. That alone is enough of a concern for me to write about it.
Make sure that parental controls are set up for all devices at home to help restrict what your child can see.
As well as monitoring your child's activity, it's important for you discuss it with them too.