Consultants have warned dad and mom to watch their kids’s exercise on-line after a recreation which allegedly encourages kids to self-harm reached youngsters in Eire.
The ‘Momo problem’ includes downloading a picture of an animated lady and interesting with customers on WhatsApp who then difficulty a variety of challenges.
It has been linked to a variety of deaths in different international locations and has result in contemporary considerations that it’s changing into fashionable amongst kids and youngsters right here.
Police in Northern Eire additionally issued a warning saying “this recreation conceals itself inside different innocent trying video games performed by our children! There has additionally been studies of components of the sport being viewable on YouTube”.
Alex Cooney, chief government of CyberSafe Eire, mentioned she was conscious kids have been participating with the so-called problem and that folks should warn children of the hazard surrounding it. “Mother and father want to concentrate on what their children are taking a look at and a recreation like this brings that residence and makes it clear,” she mentioned.
“It is really easy for youngsters to entry inappropriate data and it is vital that our children are mature sufficient to deal with the net world.
“So we’d strongly urge dad and mom to maintain updated with what children are doing and search for web sites and apps that they want to obtain and play.”
Ms Cooney mentioned parental controls have been a software that can be utilized to restrict what kids might entry on-line however warned dad and mom should additionally actively monitor on-line exercise.
“Parental controls are a part of the answer and they’re extraordinarily helpful particularly when the youngsters are younger.
“However do not depend on them – they are not silver bullets, you continue to must regulate what children are doing.
“In the event that they’re in anyone else’s home we won’t see what they’ve entry to so we now have to have conversations with them.
“There’s all the time going to be problematic content material however what we have to do is to organize children to take care of issues like this,” she added.
A Fianna Fáil TD and communications spokesperson mentioned social media firms ought to work to take away this content material from their platforms.
“We have to see this dangerous content material be given better scrutiny by these rich firms. It’s incumbent on them to guard weak youngsters,” he mentioned.