What’s up with this whole #MoMo scare? It’s been popping up on social media for the past few weeks after first making it’s appearance last year. I even noticed this morning that NBC Today Show also had a segment on it. But is it real? Well ….
- The The Atlantic says it’s just another hoax
- The Guardian says it’s another hoax
- The Forbes says the same
- Snopes who often works to check on internet hoax also reports the same.
- Even Washington Post admits to not being positive it’s not a hoax.
I’m sure there are more, I just got tired of looking.
I have to admit, the photo I’ve seen of this MoMo character is creepy. I wouldn’t want to be watching a music or “how to video” and have that thing pop up. But then I don’t watch horror movies myself and the Planet of the Apes gave me a nightmare when I was a kid.
I’ve tried to find credible information on it but have not yet to find it. Now, I’m not going to go as far as to say it’s not real, only that I’m skeptical. Now, ask me if I think there are people in the world who would do something such as plant this creepy character in a children’s video, or try to convince others to do something they might regret later the my answer would be “Of course there are!”
There are people out there who love to exploit people’s fears. There is a multi billion dollar movie industry out there who makes a killing off exploiting peoples fears. So what’s to say there isn’t an individual or group of individuals out there who are getting a thrill off of exploiting a parents, or child’s fears?
Now, what can you do as a parent or guardian? Regardless of if you believe this or not, your main concern should be “what is my child watching?” and “is it dangerous to them?” All of this hype and social media coverage all goes back to one thing…… the safety of our children.
Should social media sites such as YouTube, Facebook, twitter, and all the other sites be taking an active role in protecting your child? Sure! If they want parents/guardians to allow themselves and their children to utilize their sites they have to be vigilant. But ultimately, it’s your responsibility as a parent or guardian to know what your child is doing.
Look at the internet as a community. That’s actually what it really is only it’s a virtual community, but still a community. Would you allow your child to go outside your real life community and say “go ahead, meet new people, talk to who you want, go where you want, do what you want to do?” without your supervision? I don’t think (at least I hope) that no one would say that to a child. The virtual community of the internet is no different.
Talk with your child about these things. Know what they are doing and with who. Treat the internet just as you would in your own community.
If you are concerned about your child’s mental health please speak with a licensed professional counselor.