Education ministry warns that students are being exposed to ‘Momo’

'Momo' is symbolised by a woman with long black hair and bulging eyes.‘Momo’ is symbolised by a woman with long black hair and bulging eyes.

Jamaican school officials have been warned by the Ministry of Education to take steps to prevent the continued exposure of children to what it calls the “repulsive” Internet character ‘Momo’.

The character is symbolised by a woman with long black hair and bulging eyes.

In a bulletin issued to all schools on Thursday, the ministry noted that Momo appears in the middle of the children’s cartoon programme Peppa Pig and computer game Fortnite on Youtube and Youtube Kids.

“Momo is a meme that targets young children on social media, encouraging them to add a contact on the messaging platform WhatsApp or online games, and then sends them graphic images and messages.

“This character encourages our children to perform harmful acts without telling their parents,” the bulletin said.

It notes that the video usually starts innocently, like the start of a Peppa Pig episode, but quickly turns into an altered version with violence and offensive language.

The ministry is urging regional directors, school board chairpersons and principals of all institutions to help educate parents about the situation so that they can be vigilant in the supervision of their children in a bid to prevent them from becoming victims of Momo.

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