LONG ISLAND, NY — Over the past week, parents, educators, and even Kim Kardashian West have turned to social media in droves to voice terror over a perceived threat to their young children, the “Momo Challenge,” which purported to send creepy and horrifying messages to tykes, urging them to perpetuate violent challenges, including stabbings — and to commit suicide. If the kids didn’t comply, they were supposedly warned, there could be retribution, or even a visit from the stringy haired, bulgy eyed, half-bird Momo herself, while the children slept. During a week where a steamy performance by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper dominated much of social media, Momo vied for sparking the most hysteria. But while many have now deemed the “Momo Challenge” a hoax, much like Tide pods and “snorting condoms,” according to the Atlantic, educators and health professionals alike are utilizing the spooky avatar as a way to create a teaching moment for kids and to promote internet safety for young people And, others insist, hoax or not, an internet threat can still be deadly dangerous for vulnerable youth who might be bullied or isolated and without avenues for guidance. The Momo Challenge is not new; it first… Read full this story
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