West MI mother warns of ‘Momo Challenge,’ risky viral game

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But more cartoons have been found with suicide instructions. Dr.

Hess said the doctored "Splatoon" videos are not the only ones pushing dark and potentially risky content on social media platforms, particularly on YouTube Kids.

There have also been reports of Momo appearing on WhatsApp, other social media platforms and video games. Free Hess wrote about one and shared a clip of it on her blog at pedimom.com, although at the time of this writing it has been removed.

"We appreciate people drawing problematic content to our attention, and make it possible for anyone to flag a video", YouTube said in a statement, via the Manchester Evening News.

The YouTube Kids page says, "We created YouTube Kids to make it safer and simpler for kids to explore the world through online video - from their favorite shows and music to learning how to build a model volcano (or make slime;-), and everything in between".

I don't doubt that social media and things such as this are contributing, "she later told CNN. But I am also relieved that I was there to see this video with my own eyes, so that I could take the appropriate actions to protect my family", an anonymous "physician mother" said after discovering suicide tips suddenly appear out of nowhere while watching cartoons with her son. Lyn Dixon said her child then became scared of the dark and didn't want to be left alone.

YouTube spokesperson Andrea Faville told the Washington Post the company works to ensure it is "not used to encourage risky behaviour" saying it has "strict policies" prohibiting videos which promote self-harm.

ArsTechnica added, "Videos have been found with adult content ranging from foul-language to depictions of mass shootings, alcohol use, fetishes, human trafficking stories, and sexual situations".

Hess has been blogging about the inappropriate YouTube Kids videos, saying, "I wish I could say that they are isolated incidents but unfortunately I cannot". YouTube said last month it was rebuilding its recommendation algorithm to prevent it from prompting videos that include conspiracy theories and other bogus information, though the videos would remain on the site.

"We are always working to improve our systems and to remove violat [ing] content more quickly". Kids are young to understand the consequences and it would be too late before parents realise it.

In a tweet, the school said: "We are aware that some nasty challenges (Momo challenge) are hacking into children's programmes".

Anxious mums responded sharing their experiences of Momo, many said they are now changing the way their children watch their favourite TV shows like Peppa Pig.

If you or anyone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or depression, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.

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