A new Social Media craze is taking the world by storm. The Whatsapp Momo Challenge, has already been linked to a number of suicides. It is similar to other online challenges, such as the Blue Whale Challenge. This claimed the lives of up to 150 young people by suicide.
The Momo challenge first appeared on Facebook, but has now gone viral on WhatsApp. This is by far one of the most popular messaging apps used by children and teens. In a very short period of time the challenge has virtually gone world wide at this point. Authorities in several countries have issuing warnings for parents to watch out for the Momo challenge appearing in Whatsapp messages, for their own child’s safety.
It was a privilege to have been asked our opinion last week, about whether to permit national school children to have smartphones. It featured in the Irish Daily Mail. We have always been very firm in our advice to all parents when we recommend, under no circumstances should children in National Schools ever be given a Smartphone. They have neither the maturity, not the intellectual ability to deal with the enormous amount of harmful content and online deviant behaviour of others.