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.
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?
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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!
“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.