Gardaí issue warning about "self-harm" online challenge that targets children 4 years ago

Gardaí issue warning about "self-harm" online challenge that targets children

Gardaí have warned that the online challenge can have devastating consequences.

Gardaí have issued a warning in relation to an online game entitled "The Momo Challenge", which promotes dangerous acts such as self-harm.


People who take part in the game are enticed to contact a user named "Momo", which is when they receive graphic threats from the user and are instructed to perform a series of dangerous tasks.

Some of the tasks that are asked of those who take part involve dangerous acts such as self-harm, which is why Gardaí have urged parents to keep on top what their children are doing online.

In a statement issued by Gardaí in Laois and Offaly, people were warned that the game is a "form of cyber-bullying".

It read:


"There is a "game" doing the rounds on social media platforms at the minute called "Momo" which appears to target children or vulnerable people.

"The Momo challenge is a form of cyber-bullying where Momo asks to be contacted through a social media site and then asks the person to perform a series of dangerous tasks including self-harm.

"There is a disturbing image of Momo online that parents should make themselves familiar with.

"Please please please always supervise your children or those that are vulnerable while online. As parents, its all too easy sometimes to hand over a device to a child for that few minutes peace but there can be devastating consequences if they are left unsupervised."