A new social media craze is taking the world by storm. The Momo challenge, has already been linked to a number of suicides. It is similar to the previously seen online challenges, such as the Blue Whale challenge which claimed up to 150 young lives from suicide.
It was a privilege to have been asked our opinion last week about whether to permit children to have smartphones. It featured in the Irish Daily Mail. We have always been very firm on our recommendation that children in National Schools should never be given a Smart phone. They have neither the maturity, not the intellectual ability to deal with the enormous amount of harmful content and deviant online behaviour of others.
Self-harm has been described as “a non-fatal act where an individual engages in a behaviour or ingests a substance with the intention of causing harm to themselves”. This would include the cutting or slicing of the forearm or other part of the body. Images like these had been posted on Facebook and not been removed.