Parents are warning one another about the latest trend on social media that could direct your children to harm themselves, or even take their own lives.
“Kids watch videos constantly,” said Kevin Metcalf, founder of National Child Protection Task Force.
Many parents may turn a blind eye to their kid’s behavior online.
“The generation now is growing up with a smartphone or a device in their hands that provide them a window to the world,” Metcalf said.
A window that could cause harm and many parents are now taking to Facebook saying their kids are finding messages in YouTube videos that are geared toward kids.
The latest videos show a creepy figure named “Momo” that will cut into cartoons and tell children to drink bleach, take pills or even kill themselves.
“This Momo video would instruct kids to do things. You should know the apps that your kids are most likely to use,” Metcalf said.
Monitoring your kid’s behavior is necessary, but it takes more than just looking over their shoulder to keep them safe.
“When trust goes up you can develop a rapport where the kids can come to them and say ‘Hey, I saw this weird thing, only I don’t know what’s going on. Take a look at this with me,'” Metcalf said.
While knowing what your child is viewing is important, building and understanding what to do when they see these types of images is just as critical.
“That is better protection than that parent trying to monitor everything that that kid is doing, especially when you get into the teen years,” Metcalf said.
But most importantly, Metcalf urges any parent to report suspicious videos or content that their child may run into while online.
“If we can identify them and it’s in our area, we will defiantly take legal action if it’s in our control,” Metcalf said.