Scary online character Momo targeting young children

The E-Safety Commissioner of Australia, Manager of Education and Training, Kellie Britnell spoke with Katie Woolf on 360 today to help educate our listeners about the Momo character which has been targeting young children online.

Momo is a scary looking character that allegedly sets challenges for young people, through chat, videos or social media—asking them to do increasingly scary things, until it finally asks them to harm themselves and others.

Media reports have suggested Momo has been linked to “challenges” of self-harm by young people, and to death by suicide. There is no evidence this challenge exists, and this has been validated by the IT industry, academic and safety experts around the world.

The Office of the e-Safety Commissioner issued a media release earlier this week and gave the following tip -

 Five top tips to help limit your child’s exposure to harmful content online:

- Engage in your child’s online activities – ask what apps, sites and games they’re using and make sure they’re age-appropriate

- Use parental controls on devices to help limit what your child is exposed to

- Let them know not everything they see online is real or true.

- Help them report and block upsetting content they see on social media sites or apps.

- Let them know they can come to you about anything upsetting they see online, and contact Kids Helpline if they need further support.
You can read the full media release here

You can listen to our full interview this morning below

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