1st March 2019
Momo has been around for the last 18 months and is not new. The media have managed to whip up a bit of a frenzy amongst parents. It was originally an app but that has been removed and it is now scary videos that are being distributed via WhatsApp, YouTube and online gaming (live streaming).
It is scary. Even I was sitting on the edge of my seat watching it, and for a 7-year-old? – yes, it would scare them. A simple tip is to turn off ‘auto play’ on YouTube and ensure that your contact details are hidden on WhatsApp. Make sure the ‘no fill’ option is ‘on’ within Fortnite and all settings within your Xbox and PlayStation are closed.
Although MOMO is not nice, we agree with this linked article, that the media have over-dramatised it. You should be aware that there are much worse things on YouTube than this – child porn within Pepper Pig, attacks, muggings, shootings and hard porn. Don’t spread the panic about Momo – get involved and supervise what your children are watching, whatever it may be.
Mrs Stella James
Head of Gooseberry School