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We've just had a letter from the police via Flipper's school about this Momo game.  I've read about it and can't decide whether it's blown up out of proportion or something to be worried about?

Flipper watches little tv, unless it's Eurosport skiing or cycling with me (and car shows) but on Saturdays when we are cleaning, we do tend to to put on YT via Amazon Firestick and let Peter Rabbit run.  I'm reading reports of this Momo ad popping up on Peppa Pig YT channels but can't tell if it's really happening.

She doesn't have a ph, tablet or do internet stuff without us.

That freaking doll scares the crap out of me, let alone kids!

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I think you and the missus pay her enough attention and provide for her entertainment enough that you'll be aware of it if something does pop up. Technology is all-pervasive these days and there are clowns out there doing all sorts to try and mess others' lives up.

Sad reflection on society. 

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I thought it was something made up just a freak all the parents out. A lot of the time it is. I read about it a week or so ago and just ignored it. Then another post on Facebook this morning made me ask Olivia. She is a YouTube addict. I just showed her the photo and I said, do you know who this is. She goes, oh yeah that's momo! My jaw dropped. I asked her what she knew about her and what does she do. Like does she pop up like ads and stuff like that. She said no the only reason she knows about her is that some of the YouTube videos she watches, the kids are pretending they're running away from her, scared. Obviously I don't sensor her YouTube watching enough!

We then had the talk, again, about when you feel something is not right and you need to tell your parents, you don't keep secrets from Mum, stuff like this. It's not the first time that we've had the talk and my girls are pretty open with me but I told them that this girl was telling kids to do bad stuff and then not tell their parents. When they probed me for more information I just acted dumb and said I didn't know what she was asking kids to do, because I don't think they need to know that, but the fact that she knew who she was straight away was a bit of a shock.

My kids don't get Electronics during the week so they make the most of it on the weekend. It's sad that we have to worry about shit like this!

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3 hours ago, Ironnerd said:

People are missing the point in the reports. For me, it's not whether the challenge is real, I don't believe that for a second and fully agree that it's a hoax.

What nobody seems to be able to validate, is whether these image is popping up on YT kids stuff. To engage in the challenge you need to (supposedly ) take it further by being on WhatsApp or give some details. Flipper is only 5, so obviously she has no tablet or phone of any description but I wouldn't want that image popping up while she's watching something we have started for her.

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From the Perth Now website:

https://www.perthnow.com.au/technology/internet/momo-challenge-labelled-a-hoax-by-experts-youtube-ng-b881123682z

YouTube issued a statement this week after Momo claims went viral, saying after “much review, we’ve seen no recent evidence of videos promoting the Momo Challenge on YouTube”.

“We haven’t had any links flagged or shared with us from YouTube that violate our community guidelines.”

The tech giant has been under fire amid the rise of disturbing content targeting children, such as people posting pornographic content in the comments section under popular children’s videos, and the emergence of explicit rip-offs of kids TV.

Curtin University internet studies expert Tama Leaver said the platform, owned by Google, had become “acutely aware” that there was a huge problem with its recommendation algorithm not being able to distinguish child-appropriate content from disturbing content.

“They’re taking it seriously and they know it’s a threat to YouTube as the default babysitter in the car,” she said.

It seems that there is no evidence for Momo popping up in kids YT video's. As you may have seen in the media YT is in trouble as pornographic content is being posted in the comments section of kids video's.

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Thanks Ironnerd. It's very hard to know what to believe.   

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