Officials warn parents of disturbing challenge promoting youth suicide

RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — The Momo Challenge first popped up a few years ago and is now resurfacing. Officials are warning parents and guardians to be aware of the disturbing online challenge.

A creepy figure with grotesque details is encouraging kids to take their own lives.

According to the Daily Mail, the challenge begins with a question asking the user to add and contact someone called Momo. Then comes a barrage of frightening and violent message promoting suicide.

The challenge seems to be passed around primarily through WhatsApp and Facebook, and also allegedly through YouTube in Peppa the Pig and Fortnite videos.

The Durham Emergency Communications Center posted on Facebook, “There is always an element of danger when kids go monitored online.”

A Raleigh mom was shocked when hearing what her kids could be exposed to online.

“I really don’t like my kids being on social media anyway because there’s so much cyberbullying that’s going on. It’s getting like really out of hand,” said Jessica Jordan.

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