Don't fall for it: How to protect your kids from online hoaxes

Don't fall for it: How to protect your kids from online hoaxes

We’ve seen recently a rollercoaster of panic from parents trying to protect their kids from a supposed online threat known as the Momo challenge , that has for months been debunked as a hoax .Yet the panic from parents continued, as did reports in the media and even warnings from celebrities – all of which could have been avoided if parents had done a few simple checks before raising the alarm.

The True Villain of the ‘Momo Challenge’

The True Villain of the ‘Momo Challenge’

So, based on this impression, if this Momo Challenge was coercing children into self-harming, then why is it only coming to the public eye now?

Promoting Safe Online Media Use for Kids

Promoting Safe Online Media Use for Kids

For example, while the amount of time children spend watching television and DVDs, playing video games, and using a computer has gone down in recent years, mobile device use has gone way up.

When Your 8-Year Old Asks You about The Momo Challenge

When Your 8-Year Old Asks You about The Momo Challenge

While it can be comforting to us to prepare some sage words to pass onto our kids, the best thing we can do when we are concerned about something they are seeing, reading or hearing about is to listen to them.

MoMo Scare Goes Viral Again – From America to New Zealand

MoMo Scare Goes Viral Again – From America to New Zealand

It is a barometer of the current state of society, reflecting parental fears and their concerns over the dangers posed to their children by social media.

Momo challenge: How a creepy internet meme could be teaching your child how to commit suicide

Momo challenge: How a creepy internet meme could be teaching your child how to commit suicide

Momo, with its bulging eyes and stringy hair, reportedly appears on sites or apps like WhatsApp, Facebook and YouTube, sometimes in conjunction with kids’ videos meant to depict the popular game "Fortnite" or kids show character Peppa Pig. The actual visage of Momo depicts a sculpture called “Mother Bird,” made by a Japanese special effects company called Link Factory, which is not associated with the challenge itself.

Momoa Samoas? Girl Scout markets cookies with shirtless image of Jason Momoa

Momoa Samoas? Girl Scout markets cookies with shirtless image of Jason Momoa

Charlotte Holmberg, who, according to 9NEWS (KUSA) in Denver, is a Top Cookie CEO for the Girl Scouts — a title given to those who regularly sell the most cookies — redesigned the classic cookie box by plastering a photo of a shirtless Jason Momoa on them.

Girl Scout creates Jason Momoa-themed Samoa cookies

Girl Scout creates Jason Momoa-themed Samoa cookies

A few followers of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Facebook page, which reposted the photo of Charlotte's cookies, were not as excited. Small feuds broke out in the comments from mothers who didn't "need" a box of Momoas, and said they thought it was "inappropriate" and a double standard to promote cookies using a shirtless man.

Jason Momoa does the Haka with his kids at 'Aquaman' premiere

Jason Momoa does the Haka with his kids at 'Aquaman' premiere

Earlier this year, the actor told E News at a Comic Con event that his ideal downtime is spent "cuddling babies, kissing my wife, playing in the dirt, rock climbing, just being with my kids." Momoa is married to actress Lisa Bonet, who's best known as Denise Huxtable on "The Cosby Show." LinkedIn 'Aquaman' stars make a splash on the premiere red carpet Fullscreen Post to Facebook Posted!

Hilary Duff: ‘My Brain’s Kind of Bare’ After Welcoming Baby No. 2

Hilary Duff: ‘My Brain’s Kind of Bare’ After Welcoming Baby No. 2

“My son and him roughhouse every single day and burn energy together, and like I said, I recently just had a baby and I had her at home, and there wasn’t a step I took throughout the household that Momo didn’t follow me and curl up next to me.