The “Momo Challenge” – a phenomenon that picked up steam a few days ago has parents worried for their kids’ safety.
Momo is a face in a video that pops up while kids are watching videos on Youtube.
Columbus child psychologist Odell Vining says parents have to be more alert now than ever.
“The main thing to do is what you would expect as parents, you need to be vigilant with watching your children and being aware of what they’re doing on the internet,” says Dr. Vining.
The video has also reportedly been seen on Whats App, a popular communication application.
“While maybe you think “it’s not our kids”, no one thinks that our child would ever do that. No parent has ever said, “Its going to be my child that commits suicide” but its someone’s child,” Dr. Vining says.
According to reports, Momo instructs the children to not tell their parents that she visited them. Vining says children should be taught early that there’s nothing they should be afraid to tell their parents.
“The most important thing is to keep a good relationship with your child. Keep communication open and talk to them about what’s happening at school,” he says.
Dr. Vining says you should even discuss what’s going on with the momo challenge with your kids.
“I would sit down with them on an age-appropriate level and talk to them that “hey there’s some bad people out there that are telling children to hurt themselves”. It all depends on the age of the child on how you want to word this. Young children don’t understand the definity of death sometimes, like the video games, you die and you get reset. They just don’t understand that once you’re gone, you’re gone.” Dr. Vining says.