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Safeguarding - MOMO

Published
30.08.2018

For Headteachers, Designated Safeguarding Leads, Pastoral Teams only from Darren Peters, Gloucestershire Constabulary

With reports of Whatsapp messages inviting young people to play a dangerous online game called ‘Momo Challenge’, we have received the following message from the police.

For Headteachers, Designated Safeguarding Leads, Pastoral Teams only from Darren Peters, Gloucestershire Constabulary

“We are keen not to attract attention to the game from children who don’t already know about it, therefore we would urge that this information is for School DSLs and pastoral teams only on an “internal need to know” basis. Sending it elsewhere at this time would be counter-productive.

The media have described the game as follows: “It starts with a controller sending violent images to children on WhatsApp. Within the game, the child is told to carry out tasks and threatened if they fail to do them. Momo targets young people and police in Argentina are investigating whether the suicide of a 12-year-old girl, is linked to the game”.

The game has an avatar, depicting a grotesque woman with bulging eyes taken from the work of Japanese artist Midori Hayashi - which is not related to the game.

To  put it in perspective, although there have been cases in Europe relating to the game, as far as we know there have been no reports in the UK and much like Doki Doki and Blue Whale we do not want schools to unduly worry parents nor bring it to the attention of more young people.

If schools become aware of pupils expressing suicidal thoughts in relation to the game then normal safeguarding procedures must be followed”.  

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