A concerned mum is sharing a warning with other parents after finding secret, disturbing messages in a Youtube clip her daughter was watching. The hidden video is of a man, encouraging young children to self-harm and take their own lives. The man was giving details on how to do this.
The scariest part is that it is edited into the middle of what is a seemingly normal clip of a children’s video game. This means most parents don’t even notice this chilling scene is being watched by their children.
Since finding it the first time, this mum has uncovered it in several more videos including the popular Nintendo game Splatoon on YouTube and YouTube Kids, a video app for children. “I think it’s extremely dangerous for our kids,” said this mum. “I think our kids are facing a whole new world with social media and internet access. It’s changing the way they’re growing, and it’s changing the way they’re developing. I think videos like this put them at risk.”
This sick tale comes after the “Momo Challenge” resurfaced this week. This “Momo Challenge” is a suicide challenge, where “players” are threatened to follow orders – to hurt themselves or others – by the terrifying looking character. The character Momo tells these players that if they don’t follow the orders or if they tell anyone about is Momo will hurt them.
(We didn’t want to share a photo of the character, but it is a deformed women’s head with bulging eyes, a crooked smile and bird body.)
This “challenge” is again being edited between video intended for children’s entertainment. Parents are being urged to take care of what their children watch online, particularly Peppa Pig and Fortnite videos.
“As young people often do not have the maturity or judgement to cope with confronting content online, it’s important to guide and instil critical reasoning skills, so they are aware that not everything they see or receive online is real. Says eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant We encourage parents to co-view, co-play, ask questions about the games and apps they are using, and let them know you are there to support them if they are upset or uncomfortable about anything they see online. “
If you or a loved one are having thoughts of suicide, contact Lifeline 13 11 14, Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 or BeyondBlue 1300 22 4636.