CBSE issues advisory to schools, to counter the threat of Momo Challenge


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The lethal 'Momo Challenge' attracts teenagers to save unknown contact numbers on WhatsApp by the name of momo and those who play are terrorized by the pictures of Japanese Momo doll. CBSE has released an advisory for all schools to observe students with more cautions.

Amid fear of Momo challenge, CBSE Schools to take measures

Taking cognizance of the increasing threat the Momo Challenge poses on the students, Central Board of Secondary Education has released an advisory for schools. In the letter sent to the schools, CBSE has asked the schools to take precautionary measures against the online game which has allegedly caused two to commit suicide. The advisory was issued vide circular dates September 19, 2018 along with the advisory from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, MeitY. The advisory provides measures on "how to protect your child" from the game.

According to PTI, recently two people allegedly committed suicide in West Bengal after getting involved in 'Momo Challenge'. Therefore, the state administration has started taking precautionary steps to combat the threat. An official told PTI, "Besides sending directives to police stations in the districts, the administration has also asked educational institutes to keep a tab on the behavioral pattern of students. The Momo challenge is growing every day. After the Blue Whale challenge, now we are facing this killer Momo Game Challenge. Links of this game's getting circulated mostly through WhatsApp. We have alerted officials in the district to keep a tab on this matter."

MeitY advised parents and said, "Unless there is reason to believe your child already knows of or has played the game, don't discuss about the Blue Whale game. By doing so, you increase the chance that your child will search for it on their own. Monitor your children's online and social media activity to ensure they are not engaging with this game.”

While, the CBSE circular said, "In the game, members are challenged to communicate with unknown numbers. The game consists of a variety of self-harming dares which become increasingly risky as the game progresses and it finally ends with a suicide challenge. It involves challenges that encourage teenagers and children or any other user to engage in a series of violent acts as part of the challenges.

Explaining the lethal process of the online game the circular said, "The Momo Challenge inspires teenagers and children or any other user to add unknown contacts on WhatsApp by the name of 'Momo'. Once the contact is added, the image of 'terrifying Japanese Momo doll' appears in contact. The game controller that entices players to perform a series of challenges, and those playing the game are threatened with violent images, audio and video, if they don’t follow instructions."

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