(America Now) No one would probably be able to tell how much influence the internet has on children. Though, some older folks could also get pulled along, the pressure rate on teens increases by the day. Probably you would find it needful to stay alert, especially it comes to so-called online games that could claim our lives.
The Hot Water Challenge
Lately, there was the ‘hot water challenge’, followed by the ‘tide pod challenge’ which have sent a number of kids to the grave. Thankfully, few survived, but not without injuries. One of these is the 15-year-old Kyland Clark, who had his friends poured hot water on him while he slept, having seen some YouTube videos. This happened at the end of June and everyone thought that would be the height of it. Sadly, one seems to wonder at the evolution of these things and how the new harmful has managed to happen again: ‘the momo challenge’.
Linked to the recent suicide of an Argentinian 12-year-old, this challenge has gone viral on social media with precautions to look out for it, as reported by one Shane Andrews who has played the game before. Precisely, it has been found on WhatsApp, circulating with a scary image of a balloon-eyed woman. It happened to be an exhibit photo taken by Midori Hayashi, a Japanese artist. Anyone who attempts to play the game would start receiving daring messages and calls from ‘momo,’ telling them scary things to get them injured under the cloak of surmounting a fuss.
Unbelievably Daring Tasks
Andrews added to how these messages could eventually convince the players to dare some tasks that could be as harmful as jumping over a house and die. Also, whichever challenge played, one would have to record it on video. This substantiates why the 12-year-old’s death was linked to this challenge. However, as the police reported in her case, there had been prior chats with an 18-year-old she got acquainted with on the internet.
Subsequently, WhatsApp did express a deep concern for their users and how disturbing issues could easily be reported to them so that necessary actions would be taken. Meanwhile, as thoughtful as this sounds, ‘the momo challenge’ seems to have gone far beyond the confines of WhatsApp. Children could easily get through to it on any social media platform and out of curiosity, get victimized. It is then imperative that parents would have to take proper charge of knowing what goes on with their kids. It is better to nip it in the bud by alarming necessary authorities as well.