Safeguarding Alert: MOMO: Dangerous Suicide APP (now being accessed through Fortnite and Whatsapp)

Dear Families,

Re: Safeguarding alert: dangerous suicide app ‘Momo’

We have alerted you previously, however, this sinister app is going viral among primary and secondary school aged students.  It’s called ‘Momo’, where young people are sent messages from a contact with a creepy doll-like face as the avatar image.

This app is going viral on WhatsApp as a “suicide challenge” game, causing mounting concern among parents and warnings from police.

CHILDREN ARE ACCESSING THIS THROUGH WHATSAPP, FACEBOOK AND FORTNITE (among other apps).

Users who engage with Momo on WhatsApp are sent disturbing and graphic photographs and in some cases are challenged into self-harm and suicide. Once engaged, someone hacks your private information and then threatens to share it online or in a public forum, akin to blackmail.

The game is reminiscent of the Blue Whale phenomenon.

The NSPCC Online Safety team are aware of the APP’s existence and information regarding the app will be provided at future Safeguarding training to schools.

Please also remember that children should not have WhatsApp below the age of 16.

Please be aware of the apps your child is downloading and continue to talk to them about the safe use of technology.

Thank you

Mrs Beale