Parents should know about a potentially fatal social media game

Dangerous social media challenge

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A potentially fatal game is circulating social media—and parents need to be on the lookout.

It's called "Momo" and it's in an app called "WhatsApp" so if you see this on your child's phone, you may need to talk with them about this game.

Once your child signs on, they're encouraged to add contacts associated with the game. The controller sends violent pictures to your child and claims they know personal information about them. They use this to threaten them to perform challenges—even videotaping themselves committing suicide.

It's already being blamed for the death of a 12-year-old girl in Argentina.

Experts say parents should download the apps their children have to keep an eye on things.

"Because there's a lot of stuff that if you don't look at it and you don't know it's there, you don't know what's influencing your kids, so definitely make a step to protect your child," says Prevention specialist Megan Princewill.

"But I think this is a particularly scary and troubling one because of the way it kind of gets into kids, even kids who might otherwise be relatively talkative with their parents, but they begin to feel this obligation that they need to respond," says clinical psychologist John Lochman.

The image used with this game is a grotesque half woman-half bird figure.

Officials say the children most likely to fall into this trap are children with bad impulse control, children who have poor emotional regulation, meaning they get upset easily and children who are overly desirous to connect with their peers and gain their approval

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