Why calm and practical steps are needed to protect children from ‘games’ such as Momo
Momo, the social media game that targets young people on social media with violent images and dares, is in the news again. Smoothwall’s online safety experts are well aware of Momo and other ‘games’ like this and there’s no denying they are horrible and frightening.
But, watching the media coverage unfold over the last 48 hours, we believe, like many others, that the media may be at-risk of over-dramatisation and creating panic amongst parents. Sadly, there is content on YouTube equally horrific and equally accessible to children that rarely appears in the news. Hard porn, violence, shootings, to name a few. Unfortunately, Momo is not the first game of its kind and it won’t be the last.